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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 11/11/2010 at 05:22 AM

Good deep shot Gulbis with good pace

ad to Gulbis

Ace and he holds serve

Gulbis 1-0 in the 2nd set

Andy to serve

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President,Dear Wayne is Free,VamosWayne 11/11/2010 at 05:25 AM

Commies saying that average speed of Andy 1st serve in the 1st set was 199?? Gulp

His 1st serve percentage was at 80%

No wonder Gulbis cant break his serve

Too many u/errors from Gulbis

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President,Dear Wayne is Free,VamosWayne 11/11/2010 at 05:25 AM

1 game all 2nd set

Gulbis to serve

Posted by temes 11/11/2010 at 05:25 AM

Someone is flashing in the audience.

Posted by Roddick fan from Virginia 11/11/2010 at 05:28 AM

Thank you so very much for the match calls. Go Andy!'

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President,Dear Wayne is Free,VamosWayne 11/11/2010 at 05:29 AM

temes A Flasher?

My goodness

Roddick Fan Your welcome Andy in good form and his serve is on fire

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President,Dear Wayne is Free,VamosWayne 11/11/2010 at 05:30 AM

Better control there by Gilbus and good hands at the net he holds

Roddick to serve 1-2 2nd set

Posted by temes 11/11/2010 at 05:31 AM

Yes AM but with a camera lol! Excuse my poor choice of words.

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President,Dear Wayne is Free,VamosWayne 11/11/2010 at 05:35 AM

Great pick up from Andy there at the net and he puts away a angle volley

Roddick holds

2 games all and Gulbis to serve

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President,Dear Wayne is Free,VamosWayne 11/11/2010 at 05:36 AM

temes Thanks for the clarification I was trying to look for that person

Ok must keep my mind back on the tennis

I just love Nouni's voice by the way

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President,Dear Wayne is Free,VamosWayne 11/11/2010 at 05:39 AM

Gulbis d/faults

30 all

Andy did a drop volley though Gulbis read it well and puts the shot away

40-30 Good serve and Gulbis holds

Roddick to serve 2-3 2nd set

Posted by temes 11/11/2010 at 05:43 AM

Commies say Gulbis is like "a volcano is simmering" lol. They compared him to Safin I didn't know he was a one the hotheads.

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President,Dear Wayne is Free,VamosWayne 11/11/2010 at 05:43 AM

Gulbis f/hand goes astray and he drops his racquet in disgust

Andy attemtpts drop volley with a good approach but that smash found the net??

Good 1st serve Andy

3 games all 2nd set and Gulbis to serve

Posted by temes 11/11/2010 at 05:44 AM

-a. Grammar grammar. lol

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President,Dear Wayne is Free,VamosWayne 11/11/2010 at 05:45 AM

Brain snap by me

Andy good approach shot to the net and his drop volley went into the net

That so called flasher has taken my mind over

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President,Dear Wayne is Free,VamosWayne 11/11/2010 at 05:46 AM

Gulbis try to play to your strenghts okay

You keep going for high percentage shots and your u/error count is mounting

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President,Dear Wayne is Free,VamosWayne 11/11/2010 at 05:47 AM

Andy really wrong choice of shot at the baseline?

Gulbis holds

Andy to serve 3-4

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President,Dear Wayne is Free,VamosWayne 11/11/2010 at 05:48 AM

Hell the choice of music at the breaks

Has my mind in shock at times

At least they havent played as yet

Dolly Partons Joeline? Ugh!

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President,Dear Wayne is Free,VamosWayne 11/11/2010 at 05:51 AM

Love service game by Andy

4 games all

Gulbis to serve

Andy nice time to break

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President,Dear Wayne is Free,VamosWayne 11/11/2010 at 05:52 AM

What you can do Andy so can I

Gulbis with a love service game

5 games all

Andy to serve

Posted by temes 11/11/2010 at 05:55 AM

Aww Gulbis got broken...I don't know how you're supposed to break Andy on this court.

Posted by temes 11/11/2010 at 05:56 AM

Wait what...I need glasses lol.

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President,Dear Wayne is Free,VamosWayne 11/11/2010 at 05:57 AM

oops wrong score before

Andy holds its now 5 games all

Gulbis to serve

Posted by zenggi 11/11/2010 at 05:58 AM

Back again,

Brewer,
Totally agree with your comment. Problems really start when consecutive languages are similar (Spanish and Italian, German and Swiss German, Dutch and Flemish etc.)

"Commies say Gulbis is like "a volcano is simmering" lol. They compared him to Safin"
temes, that is really silly!. Those are really silly commies. Nobody compares to Marat. Ever!

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President,Dear Wayne is Free,VamosWayne 11/11/2010 at 05:58 AM

Gulbis finding his 1st serve in the last couple of games on a consistant basis

This 2nd set is tight now

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President,Dear Wayne is Free,VamosWayne 11/11/2010 at 05:59 AM

Gulbis holds 6-5

Roddick to serve to force a t/breaker in the 2nd set

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President,Dear Wayne is Free,VamosWayne 11/11/2010 at 06:04 AM

I would like to have a dollar every time Andy pushes his shirt after he serves

A t/breaker will now be played.pfft.

Gulbis to serve first

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President,Dear Wayne is Free,VamosWayne 11/11/2010 at 06:07 AM

Gulbis with a good f/hand for a change down the line

Gulbis 1-0

Andy to serve

2nd serve for Andy

1 all Gulbis f/hand into the net

Poor shot selection by Gulbis and Roodick puts the f/hand away

Roddicl 2-1

Gulbis to serve

Error on f/hand by Gilbus

Roddick 3-1

Gulbis with one more serve

Good volley Gulbis

Roddick 3-2

Roddick to serve

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President,Dear Wayne is Free,VamosWayne 11/11/2010 at 06:08 AM

Roddick challenges his serve and it was out

Gulbis with good f.hand

3 all

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President,Dear Wayne is Free,VamosWayne 11/11/2010 at 06:09 AM

Roddick with one more serve

Gulbis challenges the serve and it was in

Roddick 4-3

Gulbis to serve

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

2nd serve for Gulbis

d fault Gulbis and he challenges the call it was out a mile

Roddick 5-3

Gulbis with one more serve

2nd serve for Gulibs

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President,Dear Wayne is Free,VamosWayne 11/11/2010 at 06:12 AM

Good volley Gulbis

Roddick 5-4

Roddick with 2 serves

Gulbis b/hand wide

Roddick 6-4

Match point

Gulbis b/hand slice and Andys shot finds net

Roddick 6-5

Gulbis to servre

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President,Dear Wayne is Free,VamosWayne 11/11/2010 at 06:13 AM

Good relfex and hands by gulbis

6 all

Gulbis one more serve

Ace by Gilbus

Gilbus 7-6

Posted by sisu 11/11/2010 at 06:14 AM

Great tiebreak from both but Andy should have finished it off.

Morning all!

Posted by temes 11/11/2010 at 06:14 AM

Hi zenggi, LOL!

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President,Dear Wayne is Free,VamosWayne 11/11/2010 at 06:14 AM

Roddick with good slice kicker

7 all

Roddick with one more serve

Ace by Roddick

Roddick 8-7

Posted by sisu 11/11/2010 at 06:15 AM

Though I want Andy to win, nice to see Gulbis is not giving in.

Posted by zenggi 11/11/2010 at 06:15 AM

Hi, temes and sisu.
I can only SB. It seems that Ernie wants to stay and play. :)

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President,Dear Wayne is Free,VamosWayne 11/11/2010 at 06:16 AM

Gulbis to serve

Smash away by gilbus

8 all

Gilbus with one more serve

Error by gilbus at net

Roddick 9-8 with 2 serves

Posted by temes 11/11/2010 at 06:16 AM

Take the set Gulbis!

Posted by Samantha Elin, Caro 2010 YE #1 11/11/2010 at 06:17 AM

Kom igen Robin, du ar den basta!Sweden's no 1, world's no 5! Kom sa Caro, du er den bedste! Scandinavia's no 1, World's no 1!

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President,Dear Wayne is Free,VamosWayne 11/11/2010 at 06:17 AM

Roddick d Gulbus 6-3 7-6 (10-8)

Posted by temes 11/11/2010 at 06:17 AM

Nice get from Andy from Gulbis drop, well deserved tiebreak and match win.

Posted by zenggi 11/11/2010 at 06:18 AM

Blah, Ernests!. Congratulations to Andy. Next Robin or Stan. Both will have chances against Andy.

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President,Dear Wayne is Free,VamosWayne 11/11/2010 at 06:18 AM

Roddick with 81% first serves

Won 80% of the first set points

Well done Andy

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President,Dear Wayne is Free,VamosWayne 11/11/2010 at 06:19 AM

Brain snap

Andy won 80% of first serve points not set

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President,Dear Wayne is Free,VamosWayne 11/11/2010 at 06:20 AM

I hate t/breaks full stop

I need a coffee

I refuse to do a match call on Gaels game I havent enough drugs for starters

Posted by sisu 11/11/2010 at 06:29 AM

Good win for Andy! Sorry for Ernie.

temes @4.52am - gave a quick glance at an online dictionary for silly and, along with the regular definitions, was quite surprise to see this - [Old English sǣlig "happy" < W Germanic, "luck, happiness"] - Silly has undergone one of the most astonishing semantic about-faces in the history of the English lexicon. In a thousand years it has gone from "blessed, happy" to "foolish." The transformation began with "blessed" becoming "pious." This led on via "innocent, harmless," "pitiable," and "feeble" to "feeble in mind, foolish." The related German selig retains its original meaning "happy, blessed."

Being monolingual, I see I still have a lot to learn. ;)) Respect for all our multilingual Twibers just grows and grows.


Hi zenggi! Noticed you were away; did you get to see Roger in person again? ;))

Posted by sisu 11/11/2010 at 06:30 AM

surprise = surprised

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President,Dear Wayne is Free,VamosWayne 11/11/2010 at 06:35 AM

Carlos Berandes is the umpire for this match

Monfils v Verdasco who has the Mo Hawk with enough gel to keep it in place

Posted by Lennon 1980 11/11/2010 at 06:37 AM

Another great read, Gauloises. I really love the RF logo. I have two hats and it is required in our family that all of my children have one too. They do spark conversation with strangers. My son was playing golf with his RF hat on one day and a guy on another team approached him and stated that he worked for the Tennis Channel, which sparked a lot more conversation. So, if we ALL wore RF hats, ultimatley we could achieve world peace??
On another note, Gauloises, when you speak about Roger making eye contact, I notice this alot. Not just at his pressers. In fact, I make it a point to observe every players hand shake with the chair umpire. If fact it has become an obsession. Many players do not even look up when they shake hands, even if they have won their match. Didn't our daddys teach us that we must make eye contact whilst shaking hands? Roger, always, Rafa most times, Novak, most times, Soderling, rarely, Ferrer, almost never. Okay, my obsession continues. But you get my point, once you start to notice it becomes very interesting and kinda tells you a little about the man or woman on the court and their manners. By the way, most of the women do not look the umpire in the face, but then again their handshakes are wimpy anyway.

Posted by temes 11/11/2010 at 06:38 AM

Sisu, that's interesting. I guess I use it so much because I haven't yet found a word with quite the same ring to it lol.

Monfils brings back the sleeveless shirt.

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President,Dear Wayne is Free,VamosWayne 11/11/2010 at 06:39 AM

Roger Rasheed looks upset already with a white cap on?

Commies were saying that Roger was saying Gael is feeling the pressure of playing DC and that was the reason he was all over the place in his first match here yesterday

Posted by Roddick fan from Virginia 11/11/2010 at 06:39 AM

Well done Andy and congratulations to his other many fans. Commissirations to the Gulbis fans with a shout out to his best season yet.

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President,Dear Wayne is Free,VamosWayne 11/11/2010 at 06:42 AM

Verdasco to serve when he is ready

Posted by sisu 11/11/2010 at 06:42 AM

Too much tennis going on but need to say ah, gauloises I have a feeling we’ll be delighting in your narrative all week. Fingers crossed with hands in prayer formation. ;))

I see many picked up on the sentence including “…trying to look bilingual”. Truly a phrase I can identify with in regard to not wanting to appear ignorant or foolish in an awkward situation. However, though it may feel uncomfortable on the inside, your full-on professional mode is what shines through.

And I join the poster who asked if you are to be in London for the WTF you continue sending us your insightful observations.


On to Gael and Fernando.

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President,Dear Wayne is Free,VamosWayne 11/11/2010 at 06:52 AM

Games are on serve

Verdasco 2-1 1st set

Posted by susan 11/11/2010 at 06:54 AM

hmmm..purveyors of innuendo and hearsay...
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darn, wanted Gulbis to win! hard to beat roddick in a tiebreak.

but in some cultures, lennon, eye contact can show a lack of respect (depending on the relationship between the speakers and other matters, of course). only know one swiss (who speaks german; a ceo of big swiss company i'm doing some work for) and he makes strong direct eye contact and is straightforward. during an interview as we sat across from one another at a table, he looked me straight in the eye and almost never looked away. very nice guy also. i prefer this to the indirect style that i often have to contend with...

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President,Dear Wayne is Free,VamosWayne 11/11/2010 at 06:56 AM

Verdasco had a b/point but over played his f/hand

Gael holds with 2 good 1st serves

2 games all 1st set

Verdasco to serve

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President,Dear Wayne is Free,VamosWayne 11/11/2010 at 06:58 AM

Verdasco's dad in the stadium

Verdasco down love 30 on serve

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President,Dear Wayne is Free,VamosWayne 11/11/2010 at 07:00 AM

Monfils with 3 b/points

Verdasco u/errors on his f/hand and is over playing them

Verdasco 15-40

Good angle f/hand Verdasco

Verdasco 30-40

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

deuce now Verdasco has finally found his f/hand

2nd serve now

Ad to Verdasco Monfils b/hand finds the net

One Two punch Verdasco

Verdasco 3-2 1st set and Monfils to serve

Posted by zenggi 11/11/2010 at 07:03 AM

sisu,
Sorry, work got in the way.
I saw Roger on court but not close by.
Basel is FEDERation base all around. Everybody wants him or at least his autograph. :)

Back to work. I'll be back for evening matches.

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President,Dear Wayne is Free,VamosWayne 11/11/2010 at 07:06 AM

Monfils with the "hot dog" between his legs or the Tweener

Monfils was 40 love

Verdasco going after Monfils 2nd serve

Good 1st serve by Monfils

3 games all

Verdasco to serve

Posted by Heather 11/11/2010 at 07:06 AM

Good Morning! Hope everyone is well. Happy to see Andy make it through, this means Melzer is out of contention for London now and Nando has to make the final.

Posted by sisu 11/11/2010 at 07:09 AM

No worries zenggi. Enjoy your day and see you later.

Hi susan.

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

Verdasco taken to deuce now

ad to Monfils verdasco f/hand finds the net

2nd serve for Verdasco

Good rally and Verdasco steps onto court and puts the f/hand away

deuce

Posted by sisu 11/11/2010 at 07:13 AM

Hi Heather! Happy for you and Kristy. Does this mean Andy definitely gets to go to London? I'd like to see him get in.

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President,Dear Wayne is Free,VamosWayne 11/11/2010 at 07:13 AM

Verdasco with good serve and puts the cross court angle volley away

ad to Verdasco

deuce

2nd serve for Verdasco

ad to Monfils Verdasco f/hand finds the net

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President,Dear Wayne is Free,VamosWayne 11/11/2010 at 07:15 AM

Lame drop shot attempt by Verdasco and Monfils foot speed to net to quick and he puts away the passer

Monfil breaks

Monfils 4-3 1st set and will serve

Posted by Heather 11/11/2010 at 07:16 AM

Hi sisu, thanks! I think barring anything magnificent from Fernando that Andy is in. The only way Fernando could edge him out is if he makes the final.

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President,Dear Wayne is Free,VamosWayne 11/11/2010 at 07:18 AM

It would be good to put coffee in your cup than just hot water.Hmmm

Monfils is taken to deuce though 2 good serves again saves him

Monfils 5-3 and Verdasco to serve

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President,Dear Wayne is Free,VamosWayne 11/11/2010 at 07:20 AM

Heather Hi.Andy's serve was on fire.His 1st serve percentage stats were excellent.Good form from him soo far in this tournament.

I am still out on the beard though lol!

Posted by susan 11/11/2010 at 07:21 AM

FERN: "Gauloises, another great article. The above sentence - so true. I've seen so much criticism on these boards when a player (accidentally or otherwise) departs from scripted, bland replies ... so often the player is then described as arrogant/disingenuous/deluded/disrespectful etc ... these highly critical debates run for pages! Good to remember that 20something tennis players are not diplomats or robots :) "

amen to that!

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President,Dear Wayne is Free,VamosWayne 11/11/2010 at 07:21 AM

Vewrdasco holds

Monfils 5-4 and will serve for the 1st set

Posted by Heather 11/11/2010 at 07:22 AM

Hi AM! I saw the first set before I left the house and he was looking great, Gulbis definitely needed a comb! :) I wasn't feeling Andy's beard either, maybe it keeps him warm, haha.

Posted by Samantha Elin, Caro, YE, world's no 1. 11/11/2010 at 07:23 AM

Hope Monfil can beat Verdasco. Kom igen, Robin!

Posted by susan 11/11/2010 at 07:24 AM

i love the Wild Thing's hair just the way it is.

if it was combed, he wouldn't be Gulbis.

Posted by Heather 11/11/2010 at 07:25 AM

Good point, Susan! :) He's apparently a fan of the deshelved look.

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President,Dear Wayne is Free,VamosWayne 11/11/2010 at 07:26 AM

Verdasco with 2 breaks points and he breaks back

Gael just went brain snap in shot selections

Roger Rasheed just shakes his head

5 games all

Verdasco to serve

Posted by Heather 11/11/2010 at 07:26 AM

oh I clearly can't spell..oops!

Posted by Heather 11/11/2010 at 07:27 AM

the one time I want Monfils to win and he's letting me down

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President,Dear Wayne is Free,VamosWayne 11/11/2010 at 07:27 AM

Okay Brain Snap now is catching

Verdasco was down love 30 on serve

Hell over plays the cross court volley? and it was out?

Monfils with 2 b/points

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President,Dear Wayne is Free,VamosWayne 11/11/2010 at 07:29 AM

Verdasco 30-40

Good kicker wide serve by Verdasco and Gael challenges it was out

2nd serve for Verdasco and Monfils ROS wide

deuce

Posted by susan 11/11/2010 at 07:30 AM

what the heck has happened to verdasco?

he need to go run up some hills in nevada again.

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President,Dear Wayne is Free,VamosWayne 11/11/2010 at 07:32 AM

Hell Verdasco what were you thinking?

Monfils b/hand too good and forces the error

ad to Monfils and Monfils with a b/hand error wide

Good 1st serve by Verdasco

ad to verdasco and good 1st serve and he holds

Verdasco 6-5 and Monfils will serve to force a t/breaker in the 1st set

I hate t/breakers

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President,Dear Wayne is Free,VamosWayne 11/11/2010 at 07:34 AM

Gael now finds his first serve?

Where was it when you were serving for the 1st set?

Monfils easy hold

Oh Goody another t/break

Posted by susan 11/11/2010 at 07:34 AM

he needS.

A Tiebreak.

Posted by Samantha Elin, Caro, YE, world's no 1. 11/11/2010 at 07:35 AM

Hingis who was one of the smartest player was asked who her toughest opponent was and this is what she had to say on Serena, "I couldn't read her serve. It was hard to get her into play. At her best she didn't really have a weakness. Even Steffi had a weakness, you could play her backhand." I think that when you look at greatness and the best you know it, and I believe that if Serena was more appreciated particularly in the states, you would have a lot more tennis expert reach the same conclusion that Weirtheim reach: Serena is the greatest player to ever take the court when she is at her best.

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President,Dear Wayne is Free,VamosWayne 11/11/2010 at 07:37 AM

Verdasco to serve first

Verdasco with good f/hand

Verdasco 1-0

Gael with 2 serves

Gael with f/hand winner

1 all

Monfils good 1st serve

Monfils 2-1

Verdasco to serve

Verdasco f/hand into net

Monfils 3-1

Verdasco one more serve

Monfils ROS long

Monfils 3-2 and serving

Posted by Lennon 1980 11/11/2010 at 07:37 AM

Susan at 6:54, point taken on different cultures and eye contact. FYI, Andy Roddick and Ernests both gave eye contact with the ump. Good boys. Have to go to work, it sooo does interfere with my tennis life.

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President,Dear Wayne is Free,VamosWayne 11/11/2010 at 07:38 AM

Monfils good smash

Monfils 4-2

Monfils with one more serve

2nd serve for Monfils

Great f/hand volley cross court by verdasco

Monfils 4-3

Verdasco to serve

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President,Dear Wayne is Free,VamosWayne 11/11/2010 at 07:40 AM

Verdasco f/hand winner

4 all

2nd serve for verdasco

Monfils ROS into net

Verdasco 5-4

Monfils to serve

Good deep cross court b/hand by Verdasco

Verdasco 6-4

Posted by sisu 11/11/2010 at 07:41 AM

Horrible TB from Gael.

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President,Dear Wayne is Free,VamosWayne 11/11/2010 at 07:41 AM

Monfils b/hand long

Verdasco 76 (7-4) 1st set

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President,Dear Wayne is Free,VamosWayne 11/11/2010 at 07:42 AM

Guys its hard to do a t/break and get it through with people commenting

Pls wait till the t/break ends

Thank You

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President,Dear Wayne is Free,VamosWayne 11/11/2010 at 07:43 AM

Monfils to serve first in the 2nd set

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President,Dear Wayne is Free,VamosWayne 11/11/2010 at 07:52 AM

1 game all in the 2nd set

Monfils to serve.Monfils had a b/point but failed to convert

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President,Dear Wayne is Free,VamosWayne 11/11/2010 at 07:55 AM

Monfils is hobbling on his feet

Verdasco with 2 b.points

verdasco breaks he has won eight of the last ten points

Verdasco 2-1 2nd set and will serve

Posted by susan 11/11/2010 at 07:56 AM

lennon, no problem. i'm on the other side of the planet so i'm relaxing after work.

spoke too soon about verdasco.

the mohawk is bringing him luck.

channelling AO 2009.

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