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Bercy Diary: In the Room 11/10/2010 - 11:22 AM

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by Gauloises, Contributing Writer

I picked up my press pass on Sunday but I have yet to spend time in the pressroom, mainly because I’m thoroughly intimidated by that windowless, airless pre-fab bunker, which has its own entrance and is connected with the rest of the venue only by a single door that leads to the segregated press seats in the arena. The message is clear; journalists aren't there to enjoy themselves, or to particpate like fans. They're expected to observe, sit and write.

I, however, am not acting as a journalist as much as impersonating one, and I definitely am here to enjoy myself. But when I hear that Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic will be giving pre-start press conferences, I can’t resist. So, after taking in a couple of matches I touch up my makeup, screw my courage to the sticking-place, and forge tentatively into unknown territory.

It’s the first time I’ve seen the press room full. Television screens on the walls show the matches in progress; journalists are crammed eight to a table that, were it a business meeting, might seat five. I know people, but not well. I don’t have a desk, so I head to the far end where the British journalists are gathered and grab a vacant seat. Soon a group of reporters files back in from the interview room where they've just finished with David Nalbandian. The journalists tease each other about the questions they asked and the answers they received. Everybody knows everybody else; politically incorrect banter is exchanged across the table, and rude emails from agents and coaches are read aloud to rumbles of laughter.

Without warning, the PA announcer bilingually announces that Roger Federer is on his way to the presser. Everyone bolts, scrambling for notebooks and pens, and hurries up the long hallway, Rushing to catch up, I see Federer slipping through a special door that leads him directly onto the dias.

Up there, he’s all monograms and Rolex, and he sits hunched forward, the brim of his cap pulled down low over his brow. His arms rest on the table, folded. His posture seems awkward, which surprises me; I’d expected him to be more at ease. On the other hand, he’s perched on a raised platform in an airless box of a room, head-on with fifty strangers weilding pens. Each time he shifts position, shutters and motor drives whirr and snap to a crescendo. I don’t imagine one can ever be at ease with this ordeal, no matter how often he's endured it.

It’s clear that Federer is pretty good at this—like most things—as soon as the questioning begins. He listens politely and responds directly, maintaining eye contact. He adds modest gestures. His replies are full, occasionally funny, and sometimes surprising—I’m startled by the ease with which he admits that in the past, the race to the year-end championships has cost him sleepless nights.

I notice that he uses ‘we’ and ‘us’ in reference to the players, and sense how ready he is to speak for them: We only have one indoor Masters. I think it’s time we shifted back a bit. We’re working together on this issue. It just becomes so hard for the players. Players like to play. Maybe the white glare off those fifty blank notebooks tempts him to efface himself, to seek camoflauge as "just one of the boys." But it could also be that Federer simply enjoys the locker-room camaraderie, that he genuinely sees himself as part of something bigger that himself.

I wish I shared that feeling. At the end of the English portion of the presser, the British journalists rise to leave but the hissing disapproval of the French photographers and cameramen, whose view is momentarily blocked, keeps me glued to my seat just long enough so that I feel I missed my opportunity to slip out unnoticed. So I sit through the French questions and answers, trying to look bilingual.

106418985 By the time I make my escape, I have only a few minutes to type out some thoughts before the PA summons us again, this time for Novak Djokovic. I’m behind again, coming in just as Djokovic has taken a seat and started to banter—in French, no less—with the reporters in the front row. Djokovic's hair is still wet from a shower. He leans back in his chair, allows his limbs to loll, and awaits formal questions. When they come, he leans forward to the microphone with a confiding smile and talks seriously and fluently, creating an impression of great thoughtfulness. He’s sharp, too; when a French journalist asks a question about Davis Cup, Djokovic turns it into a joke that has the whole room disarmed and laughing with him before the question is even fully finished.

From his almost flawless English grammar to the way he works to comprehend a mangled question about Rafa delivered in a strong accent, I feel like he’s making an effort for us, that he’s made himself open to the room and he's willing to talk. I feel bad for him that the room is only half as full as it was for Federer. I want to ask him a question he can get his teeth into, but I don’t, because the journalists are handed a microphone to voice their questions and I don’t know how the microphone works. There might be a button you need to press, and I’m scared to embarrass myself. I don’t understand; I’m here as a journalist, the supposed scourge of the top players, and yet I’m the one who’s scared while he looks relaxed enough to be in his slippers at home.

It’s not until I notice the almost convulsive way that Djokovic swallows about every thirty seconds that it dawns on me: He’s nervous, too. I might not be the only one in this room who's afraid of a public misstep. If I fumble, no-one except me will remember; if he says the wrong thing, he’ll never be allowed to forget. I’m filled with admiration for his ability to be charming under such pressure, to act like he’s on our side, rather than an adversary. His performance is so graceful it’s almost moving.

I still don’t hold up my hand for the microphone, though. Djokovic done this far more often than I have.


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Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President,Dear Wayne is Free,VamosWayne 11/10/2010 at 01:58 PM

Richard holds though Roger is in control he leads 3-2

Posted by just horsen 11/10/2010 at 01:59 PM

Fhand hit out by Fog: 15 all
Fog hits BH into net: 15-30
nice serve by Fog. return error by David: 30 all
Nice FH winner by David: match point.
Fog beautiful volley winner: Deuce.
Fog DF: match point for David.
Deuce again. (I missed the point)
now ad Fognini.

really nice passing shot from Fognini! they're headed to a TB.

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President,Dear Wayne is Free,VamosWayne 11/10/2010 at 02:00 PM

Crap David t/break time

Posted by just horsen 11/10/2010 at 02:01 PM

Fog up 2-1 in TB. David to serve.

awful DF on that last point by Foggy.

David great serve. tied 2-2.

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President,Dear Wayne is Free,VamosWayne 11/10/2010 at 02:02 PM

Roger serving and volleying well he holds easy 4-2 1st set

Posted by just horsen 11/10/2010 at 02:02 PM

Foggy hits shot a mile long. Fog to serve 2-3.

Posted by Tim (Moonpies lead to violence!) 11/10/2010 at 02:03 PM

Fred Federer is just an utter delight to watch when he's firing on all cylinders... never seen anyone like him...and Baby Fed aint bad, either! smooth silky all court and u never know what shot is coming next, from either of them!

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President,Dear Wayne is Free,VamosWayne 11/10/2010 at 02:03 PM

Allez Richard with a love service game

Federer 4-3 1st set

Posted by just horsen 11/10/2010 at 02:04 PM

really well-played volley by Fognini: 3-3
nice DTL FH by Ferru, Fog nets it. 4-3 David serving.

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President,Dear Wayne is Free,VamosWayne 11/10/2010 at 02:04 PM

Welome Dear Tim

Indeed the Swiss Legend looks good tonight

Posted by Andrew 11/10/2010 at 02:04 PM

Afternoon, all.

Corporate networked fritzed. Connection established at a local Starbucks. Federer leads 4-3, with a break.

Posted by just horsen 11/10/2010 at 02:04 PM

nice rally. Fog nets it once again. 5-3 David.

Posted by just horsen 11/10/2010 at 02:05 PM

triple match point David.

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President,Dear Wayne is Free,VamosWayne 11/10/2010 at 02:05 PM

Roger just placing his serve to perfection soo far

Roger 40-0

Allez Roger with a love service game

Federer 5-3 1st set

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President,Dear Wayne is Free,VamosWayne 11/10/2010 at 02:06 PM

Welcome Andrew Roger looking good so far

Posted by just horsen 11/10/2010 at 02:06 PM

Fog saves one match point. 4-6. (Foggy's serving)

David wins on wide BH by Fognini!

Posted by rafadoc...Waka Waka...Its Stanzi time! 11/10/2010 at 02:07 PM

Yeah! David won. Phew. Onward. :)

I am outie. Enjoy the tennis Y'all!

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President,Dear Wayne is Free,VamosWayne 11/10/2010 at 02:07 PM

Vamos David

Thanks Just Horsen for the match call

Posted by just horsen 11/10/2010 at 02:08 PM

Congrats to David for pulling out a tough match there.

ok y'all, I'm off. got things to do. see y'all later!

Posted by just horsen 11/10/2010 at 02:09 PM

AM: you're welcome!

Posted by Andrew 11/10/2010 at 02:10 PM

Federer holds at love, Gasquet from deuce. Federer 5-4, with a break. Quick point city. TennisTV is a bit choppy in this mall....

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President,Dear Wayne is Free,VamosWayne 11/10/2010 at 02:12 PM

Rogers 1st serve is just a treat to watch his placement tonight has been great

Posted by Andrew 11/10/2010 at 02:14 PM

I saw the first four points, not the fifth. It turned out OK, I guess. First set Federer, who was serving to Gasquet's FH a lot, but rallying to the BH. Gasquet hit a good return on the first point of the game, but biffed an attacking BH.

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President,Dear Wayne is Free,VamosWayne 11/10/2010 at 02:16 PM

Hmmm Richard

Roger with 3 b/points

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President,Dear Wayne is Free,VamosWayne 11/10/2010 at 02:19 PM

Richard did well to bring it back to deuce

Roger breaks

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President,Dear Wayne is Free,VamosWayne 11/10/2010 at 02:21 PM

Roger is soo quick and good on serve it makes it hard for the opponent to get any rhythm at all

Posted by Sherlock 11/10/2010 at 02:22 PM

Reeshie's just setting him up for the big comeback. :)

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President,Dear Wayne is Free,VamosWayne 11/10/2010 at 02:22 PM

Commes saying 1 minute and a half for Roger to hold serve there lol!

Posted by noleisthebest 11/10/2010 at 02:24 PM

VERY enjoyable piece of writing.
"So I sit through the French questions and answers, trying to look bilingual." - priceless!

Posted by temes 11/10/2010 at 02:25 PM

Roger playing like a young chap lol

Posted by Master Ace 11/10/2010 at 02:27 PM

"Commes saying 1 minute and a half for Roger to hold serve there lol!"

Aussiemarg,
Sounds like Roger is a tad behind schedule as his games only take a minute. LOL

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President,Dear Wayne is Free,VamosWayne 11/10/2010 at 02:28 PM

Master Ace Well give the "old boy" a break I say lol!

Posted by Anne 11/10/2010 at 02:31 PM

Rog is looking quite spry out there today-yay!

Posted by Nina 11/10/2010 at 02:37 PM

Gauloises... keep them coming. I enjoy your perspective because it's the fan perspective and gives an emotional insight that most journalists can't see. I love getting to know the players inside and out. And it's very well written. :)
I agree Nole is very bright and articulate, he's very fond of books too, so I heard. He speaks many languages as demonstrated and more importantly he's not shy to speak them which shows his big confidence and relaxed stance. He doesn't speak Spanish though, he appeared once on a Spanish TV program called El Hormiguero and he attempted to speak some Spanish, but he ended up just saying some single words he had learnt like "You're very beautiful, girl, you wanna travel with me" and things like that, LOL, but he doesn' speak the language. I think he's extremely funny and charming and always very attentive to everyone, he's a remarkable man.
As for Federer he always gives the impression of great self-confidence. He also has a lot of charm and wit, he comes across as a very intelligent guy and thoughtful. And lately he seems to acknowledge players a lot more and ready to confess his weaknesses which I like.
They're both great role models.

Posted by Tim (Moonpies lead to violence!) 11/10/2010 at 02:37 PM

Rog is just off the charts man...

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President,Dear Wayne is Free,VamosWayne 11/10/2010 at 02:38 PM

Roger taking the ball soo early and he is hitting the ball soo cleanly

Just a pleasure to watch

Allez Roger 40-0

Robbie says Master Class so far

Posted by Tim (Moonpies lead to violence!) 11/10/2010 at 02:39 PM

Forget these booming winners and serve and volley schenanigans rog, throw in some moonpies, you have the French open to think about!

Posted by temes 11/10/2010 at 02:39 PM

I speak in tongues too...

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President,Dear Wayne is Free,VamosWayne 11/10/2010 at 02:40 PM

temes Hi! LOL!

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President,Dear Wayne is Free,VamosWayne 11/10/2010 at 02:43 PM

Tim

The Swiss Legend is doing ok remember Monnpies can lead to voilence no?

Posted by temes 11/10/2010 at 02:46 PM

Hi AM!

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President,Dear Wayne is Free,VamosWayne 11/10/2010 at 02:46 PM

Well Richard did have half a chance with 30 all on Roger serve

Though Roger just finds his serve and it was all over Red Rover

Posted by temes 11/10/2010 at 02:47 PM

Reeshard seems content with flashing that brilliant backhand of his every now and then but it's not gonna win him the matches by itself.

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President,Dear Wayne is Free,VamosWayne 11/10/2010 at 02:49 PM

Well Richard hasnt had a lot of chances in this match

He hasnt done much when Roger has had a 2nd serve?

Roger has been serving soo well tonight

Posted by temes 11/10/2010 at 02:51 PM

Roger wants to take full advantage of Rafa's absence it's a mental break for him too he can pretend Rafa doesn't exist lol.

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President,Dear Wayne is Free,VamosWayne 11/10/2010 at 02:52 PM

Congrats Roger and to his fans

Just a pleasure to watch

Bad luck Richard you didnt play a bad match its just you ran into a Red Hot Roger tonight.

Posted by Tim (Moonpies lead to violence!) 11/10/2010 at 02:53 PM

well that was something to see, Fred!

Posted by temes 11/10/2010 at 02:57 PM

Nice to be amazed again by Fed's shotmaking. He truly hits the most amazing winners when he is on. They are almost out of nowhere.

Posted by Andrew 11/10/2010 at 03:00 PM

Something to see, but I couldn't see it, grrr. Corp internet access on the fritz, Starbucks wifi choppy as all get out - with luck, there will be some YouTube.

Our internet access seems to have been restored at the precise moment the umpire said, "Jeu, set et match Federer." Well, better than jsm Gasquet. Federer won 64/51, or 56% to 44%, for a clean kill. Commiserations to Gasquet fans, and congratulations to Federer fans. Mr Stepanek up next, and I daresay there'll be one or two S-and-V points in that one.

Posted by temes 11/10/2010 at 03:01 PM

Btw I am so very disappointed with Jarkko he is in great form but just always melts away when it counts the most. He is too shy.

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President,Dear Wayne is Free,VamosWayne 11/10/2010 at 03:03 PM

Kim If you are around

Like I told you so ok?

LOL! I should be having bets with you.

Drats.

Posted by CL 11/10/2010 at 03:04 PM

Very straightforward match by Fed with occasional flashes of TMF. Only criticism was that his first serve % was a pretty lame 50. Reeshie struggled so with trying to return Fed's second serve, it didn't hurt him. Though he won't be able to get away with that moving up the food chain. But really, everything else seemed to be locked in.

Interesting to watch Fed go after Reeshie's BH so much. That shot is so good and he can hurt you, esp. when he goes DTL, that a lot of players try and break down his FH. When is comes to Gasquet, I guess Fed is of the 'go to their strength' school. He did indeed get burned by a couple of BHDTLs, but mostly he drew a lot of errors of Gasquet's BH.

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President,Dear Wayne is Free,VamosWayne 11/10/2010 at 03:06 PM

CL Rogers placement on his 1st serve to me was good.Regardless of the percentage stat.

Posted by CL 11/10/2010 at 03:07 PM

Yeah, Steps will surely like this fast court for some S&V. Roger will need to be fully alert for that one. And to pull out the drive & topspin passing shots. Who knows, he may need a slice one as well.

Posted by CL 11/10/2010 at 03:10 PM

Hmmm...Aussiemarge...seems to me that placement is only good when the serve actually goes IN. No? Hence the low %. But in the end he had Reeshie, the receiver so befuddled it didn't matter all that much.

Posted by CL 11/10/2010 at 03:12 PM

Glad Ferruuu came thruuu... one of the Fed fans at RF.com took a really lovely picture of David...must be from Paris. Lovely eyes on full display.

Posted by Kim (Swiss in Brisbane) 11/10/2010 at 03:13 PM

Good morning AM
Stupid me forgot to set alarm. So
I watched only half of the last set.
Lucky I taped it.
Roger played well, but not a masterclass.
Robbie exaggerated! Only 50% of first serves.

About betting against AM ... no-one should.
Too risky!!!

Bye everyone. Take care

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President,Dear Wayne is Free,VamosWayne 11/10/2010 at 03:14 PM

CL Hmmm you are a hard person to please no?

Dont worry Roger I love your 1st serve methinks some of your fans are just too picky at times.Only 16 GS titles to your name as well.Also a freind of my idol Miss A Wintour.

Posted by wilson75 11/10/2010 at 03:14 PM

Cl: 50% first serve is considered by most players to be a very good serving average. Roger has said so in the past. Plus he was able to rely on his second serve to get him out of trouble so he had a very good match today.

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President,Dear Wayne is Free,VamosWayne 11/10/2010 at 03:15 PM

Kim LOL!

Another picky Roger fan I see

Hell just leave the "old boy alone" ok no?

Have a good day at work

Posted by temes 11/10/2010 at 03:16 PM

Nice Sod interview on my stream. He seems quite nice. I think he is misunderstood.

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President,Dear Wayne is Free,VamosWayne 11/10/2010 at 03:17 PM

wilson75 It seems you and I agree today with Roger.

Good to see.He was taking the ball soo early and just hitting the ball cleanly as well.

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President,Dear Wayne is Free,VamosWayne 11/10/2010 at 03:18 PM

Fergus Murphy is the umpire on the Soderling v Simon match

Allez Simon Miss Jackie will be proud of me.

Posted by Kim (Swiss in Brisbane) 11/10/2010 at 03:18 PM

Sorry, until I finished typing you already
mentioned Roger first services percentages.

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President,Dear Wayne is Free,VamosWayne 11/10/2010 at 03:19 PM

Simon to serve 1st

Temes Indeed Soderling is just one "misunderstood" guy lol!

Posted by kevin 11/10/2010 at 03:19 PM

Totally enjoyed this illuminating read - it's interesting, funny , self-deprecating and offers a fresh,rarely-(if ever)seen perspective. I couldnt believe Peter Bodo had written it , until I read some of the comments and realised,of course; he hadn't.

Posted by temes 11/10/2010 at 03:20 PM

I love love this Paris fast court. There definitely should be more tournaments like this, it's very entertaining to watch. I also like it because I'm a proud brainless ballbasher, sometimes I close my eyes while hitting just for kicks.

Posted by Kim (Swiss in Brisbane) 11/10/2010 at 03:20 PM

Thanks AM
Have a good time everyone!

Posted by wilson75 11/10/2010 at 03:20 PM

AM: I think fans place too much emphasis on first serve %. At no point was Roger in trouble in the match and the second serve was excellent.

Posted by wilson75 11/10/2010 at 03:24 PM

temes: I guess we have to thankful that France is in the Davis Cup finals because it's expected that Serbia will be putting down a fast indoor hard court. What better way to prepare the French team than to speed up the courts in the last tournament before DC.

Posted by temes 11/10/2010 at 03:24 PM

Well Roger can maneuver his way to straight sets victory with a low first serve %, not so simple for most who need a first serve to even get the rally rolling in their favor.

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President,Dear Wayne is Free,VamosWayne 11/10/2010 at 03:27 PM

wilson75 Agree 100% there

Rogers placement has always been a key to his serve and he is soo quick on his service games at times his opponents cant get into any rhythm at all.

I know I need my eyes checked but still.....................

The commies were saying the players thought this court is playing faster than last year.Well at the start of this tournament to me this court was playing slow and the balls were travelling slow through the air and the commies said the same thing.I still think this court is a med pace

Though I do need my eyes checked...........

Posted by CL 11/10/2010 at 03:28 PM

wilson and Aussiemarge...pffft! to a measly 50%, say I. Everyone knows that Roger is in a semi-permanent state of denial. Must his fans join him? NEVER! ;-) His second serve was indeed good, partly because it was good but also because Reeshie is not the best returner at Camp ATP. Had Fed been facing a Muzz or Djoker or Gilles, they would have gobbled up that second serve and found it most tasty. Seems to me that history tells us that Fed plays most effectively when his serve is up in the high 50s/los 60s percent. Just have a look at the 2010 USO for a reminder.

And speaking of serves, Robin's should have some serious heat off this fast(er) court.

Posted by NP 11/10/2010 at 03:29 PM

"50% first serve is considered by most players to be a very good serving average."

Not according to Pancho Gonzales. In his book, the player is "showing off" if he manages less than 60% on his 1st serves.

And lest the kiddies say that advice is from the medieval times, remember that Roddick for one consistently serves over 60% today. And perhaps Ivo, 2 (perhaps 'cause I still need to exhume and dissect a sizable sample of his #s).

Posted by wilson75 11/10/2010 at 03:29 PM

AM: Maybe the court is not super fast but apparently the players are saying that it's faster than last year. I could never tell if a court is playing fast or slow.

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President,Dear Wayne is Free,VamosWayne 11/10/2010 at 03:30 PM

CL Well pfft back to you LOL!

Hmmm I didnt see Mirka and her Fab Bag by the way.

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President,Dear Wayne is Free,VamosWayne 11/10/2010 at 03:31 PM

Welcome NP!!!

Pancho ok

Posted by temes 11/10/2010 at 03:31 PM

I can't tell if a court is fast or slow either. I just have some speed before watching.

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President,Dear Wayne is Free,VamosWayne 11/10/2010 at 03:33 PM

temes LOL!!!!!!

Pure Gold comment

Posted by CL 11/10/2010 at 03:34 PM

Aussiemarge - La Mirks only shows later in the tourney these days...too many shops and kiddies to attend to. Perhaps Paul A. has a 'fab bag' to assuage your disappointment? Keep you eyes peeled. He needs somewhere to put his ever growing notebook containing the many failing of Roger Federer, tennis player and international man of branding. Should be a BIG bag. ;-))

Posted by wilson75 11/10/2010 at 03:34 PM

NP: Roddick and Ivo are primarily servers so they will always have a very high %. Of course, if a player can read their first serve the first serve % goes down considerable as is the case when Roddick plays Roger. I can't speak on Pancho's theory.

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President,Dear Wayne is Free,VamosWayne 11/10/2010 at 03:34 PM

Allez Simon with a love service game

Simon 3-2 1st set

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President,Dear Wayne is Free,VamosWayne 11/10/2010 at 03:36 PM

CL Hell Paul Annocone with a Man Bag?

Bring in on I say

My eyes will be peeled next time Roger plays

Posted by wilson75 11/10/2010 at 03:37 PM

CL: Just be happy Roger got past the 2nd round. I think right now 50% first serve is the least of his worries and I'm sure he will say that he had a good match today and that Stepanek will be tougher.

Posted by temes 11/10/2010 at 03:39 PM

Scandinavia's handsome and talented n.1 crown prince of Borg Sod is in trouble.

Posted by @work 11/10/2010 at 03:41 PM

Does anybody have a working stream for Simon and Soderling?

Great write-up again, Gauloises :)

Posted by jackson 11/10/2010 at 03:42 PM

FoT 12:44 PM "But I also remember Roger can speak a little of the language of Sweden, and like someone else said a little "Italian" as well. So put that with English, German, Swiss German, and French with some Italian and the language of Sweden?...I think both he and Djokovic are doing pretty well."


Kudos to Roger and Novak for their linguistic abilities but may I throw Rafa into the mix as well? He speaks Catalan, Mallorcan (a dialect of Catalan - probably similar to the difference between German and Swiss-German), Spanish, English, some Italian, and some French (which he understands well but is nervous about speaking). I am sure there are a lot of players on the tour who speak a number of languages and that's very impressive to me. I can understand some French if it's spoken slowly enough, and of course English, and learning another language has always been a hazy goal which I'd really like to do some day so that these young people have managed to pick up four, five, or six languages is very remarkable.

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President,Dear Wayne is Free,VamosWayne 11/10/2010 at 03:42 PM

work Sorry I have this game live on my tv

How are you going

Posted by temes 11/10/2010 at 03:42 PM

@work: http://channelsurfing.net/watch-bnp-paribas-masters.html

Posted by NP 11/10/2010 at 03:43 PM

Just for the record I didn't mean "his book" literally.

AM, Pancho still doesn't hold a candle to Pistol Pete.

"Of course, if a player can read their first serve the first serve % goes down considerable as is the case when Roddick plays Roger."

wilson75, you're right that Fed reads Rod's serve like no other, but wrong on the %. I've studied Roddick's serve stats extensively, and I can say with more than 60% certainty that Rod has consistently served a high % against Fed in most of their matches. You can check the stats if you're skeptical.

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President,Dear Wayne is Free,VamosWayne 11/10/2010 at 03:44 PM

NP Of course Pancho dosent hold a candle to Pete and his serving percentages

Posted by temes 11/10/2010 at 03:44 PM

I wish I had men's tennis on tv eurosport only shows WTA(which I do enjoy as well) except during slams.

Posted by @work 11/10/2010 at 03:46 PM

Temes,
Thanks! Btw your Prince of Borg comment was rather funny :)

AM,
I'm good. Busy at work but I think I can sneak a stream right now ;-)
Lucky you having it on TV but I guess you also have to contend with the time difference so it's a sort of trade-off, no?

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President,Dear Wayne is Free,VamosWayne 11/10/2010 at 03:46 PM

Well Soderling was down love 30 on his serve

Simon returning well in this game

Sod cant find a good 1st serve in this match

I though these indoor conditions would suit Sods game to a tee

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President,Dear Wayne is Free,VamosWayne 11/10/2010 at 03:47 PM

work A good trade off may I say

Fox also replay matches here if you dont get to see them as well

Posted by wilson75 11/10/2010 at 03:47 PM

NP: I'll leave the Roddick stat checking to you. But the last match they played Roddick served poorly (don't ask me for the stats because I don't have them). He said so himself. The best serving day he ever had against Roger was last year's Wimbledon final.

Posted by temes 11/10/2010 at 03:48 PM

Thanks @work lol I try. I think I could make a great bad stand up comedian.

Posted by NP 11/10/2010 at 03:48 PM

Yup, just double-checked and my memory is correct.

FYI, Roddick has the highest 1st-serve % of all the great servers I've studied so far. On the opposite end of the spectrum stand Arthurs and Rusedski.

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President,Dear Wayne is Free,VamosWayne 11/10/2010 at 03:48 PM

Jason was saying Sod might want to see the trainer?

He had a coughing fit

Hmmmm.

Posted by sf 11/10/2010 at 03:49 PM

"Nice Sod interview on my stream. He seems quite nice. I think he is misunderstood"

indeed, temes.

le sod is a kid at heart, he just doesn't suffer bullies gladly. which is one reason i like him. not watching the match, i just started s/b'ing and it's 4-4, i see. i hope sod is playing well.

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