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Blue Velvet in the O2 11/21/2010 - 7:42 PM

Andy

by Hannah Wilks, TennisWorld Contributing Writer

Two weeks ago, I saw the Paris Meridian, also known as the Rose Line. For many years, it was considered the prime meridian; the line of 0 degrees longtitude which divides the eastern and western hemispheres. But in 1884, a conference of scientists decreed that the Greenwich meridian - which now runs right past the western edge of the 02 Arena - was the Prime Meridian; that London was the alpha and omega of the world. One unintended consequence of this instance of punching above one’s weight on a global scale is that this week’s tennis takes place at 0 degrees longtitude. As the signs insist, it’s the final showdown. Zero hour.

The ATP likes to play up the Britishness of this event; London, as anyone watching the World Tour Finals is repeatedly reminded, is calling. The players pose with the Prime Minister or a red London bus, as if there’s nothing more to being British than a suit and a stiff upper lip. Personally, next year I want to see the eight finalists come out of a TARDIS dressed as various cultural heroes from the UK. Harry Potter. Robin Hood. Shakespeare, complete with tights and Elizabethan ruff. Mr. Darcy and King Arthur. Labyrinth-era David Bowie. Braveheart. Speaking of whom, the stars just might be aligning for Andy Murray, who recorded the first singles victory of the championships today in a 6-2 6-4 defeat of Robin Soderling.

Murray, well-rested, set loose on a slow, low-bouncing indoor court, has as good a chance as anyone of ending his turbulent year on a high note. Better, if you believe in the power of home-court advantage. But I’m wondering if, The Clash notwithstanding, there is anything quintessentially British about this event that makes playing here a better experience for the Scot than what he might find at any other anonymous indoor venue.

A tide of people made its way to the arena, braving the icy rain hanging in the air and the biting wind blowing off the Thames. Tennis is calling, and London is answering. It’s not like a Wimbledon crowd, either; scattered throughout are the sort of middle-ageds you’d expect to see in SW19, who pack for a day’s spectating as if it’s a hiking expedition, but there are plenty of groups of young people, too. It’s not a lawn tennis crowd; it’s a London crowd, and that means that there are all sorts of people here. This is the newly gentrified Docklands (it’s not too far from Deptford, where the street my mother grew up on was condemned for slums and demolished to make way for a high-rise), not leafy Wimbledon. This is the heart of a city that continuously reinvents itself.

The 02 arena itself started out as the Millennium Dome, built by the New Labour government at a cost of 789 million pounds to celebrate what it meant to be British at the year 2000. Five years later, a colossal white elephant, it was sold as an empty shell to Orange to be rebranded; a bloated failure to define our national identity, repackaged as a slick, corporate entertainment facility.

Last time I was here, it was for Kings of Leon; last week, it was the Gorillaz; next week, something else. Everywhere you look this week, though, you see ATP World Tour Finals branding and signage. The big screens carry vignettes on the sponsors’ support for sporting opportunity for children, or remind the crowd that Sky carries over 100 hours of live tennis a year. Volunteers shoot ATP -branded T-shirts into the crowd during breaks; the fans are asked to call the toss at the beginning of the match. Tennis, tennis, everywhere, and plenty of Corona to drink. But this venue was made to be a blank canvas, and the blanket of tennis promotion that covers it this week will be whipped off next.

Unlike the Parisian hip-hop and house of Bercy, the London DJ favours classic rock and pop during changeovers, with a fondness for Britpop, Bowie and Lady Gaga. Raised on the silence of Wimbledon, there’s an expectant hush during points, and a minimum of polite applause between. Invited to show their appreciation for the slick play of the Bryans, the crowd dutifully complies, but it’s about to get a lot louder in the arena. Because Andy Murray is about to play.

There’s no shortage of hyperbole preceding the British no. 1 on to the court. On the pre-match VT, Justin Gimelstob informs us that Andy Murray is the master of when to use the drop shot (a bold statement that Murray will later seem intent on disproving). The announcer describes him, apparently without irony, as “an amazingly gifted and talented athlete who reads the game like a wily veteran”. Robin Soderling is introduced as … Robin Soderling.

They still haven’t got the hang of the son et lumiere in the stadium, missing audio-visual cues all over the place. Soderling, too, looks out of step with events; the choruses of “c’mon Andy” from the crowd are restrained, partly because Murray rapidly establishes dominance. The pace and power of Soderling’s forehand is more impressive, and less ungainly than it looks on TV. For a shot more utilitarian than beautiful, the length of the backswing makes it seem almost impractical.

This one is the fifth Murray match I’ve been lucky enough to watch in 2010, and I’m nowhere near getting sick of it. He’s amazing when he wants to be - smooth, aggressive, clever. I love watching his feet, and the exceptional balance that enables him hit forward while going backwards, which creates good depth on even defensive shots.

I like Soderling, too, but the experience is a bit like watching a Hollywood action hero taking on a gang of foreign terrorists. You know Soderling is going to attack, pummel the ball, press forward until he misses. The formulaic elements don’t vary, but you still want to see it unfold. Watching Murray, on the other hand, is more like viewing a David Lynch movie. It's  incomprehensible at times, full of twists and turns, sequences of unexpected and hypnotic beauty, and permanently on the verge of straying into the surreal.

I’m also aware of how often Murray aces his way out of trouble. One has to wonder, can he - will he - ever serve big for seven matches in a row? Without that ace, you’ve pretty much got a hole where a grand slam should be - and a crowd that still finds more entertainment in ironically cheering for the retired Tim Henman, the paradigm of the plucky over-achiever, than it does in taking the often rocky path of being a full-on Murray fan. Errors are greeted with a peculiarly British mumble of disappointment, a dispirited acknowledgement of the inevitable, and even Murray’s exceptional first set doesn’t satisfy the punters - a young woman near me shyly says “he’s playing well, isn’t he?”, only for her boyfriend to snap “he’s world no. 4 [sic], he should be playing well.” Tough crowd.

But Murray’s a tough player. He isn’t Monfils, looking outside himself, drawing energy from the cheers; I don’t know if he hears the crowd, if it means anything to him. He’s introverted, inwardly focused. It’s not a coincidence that he yells his own name when he commits an error he finds particularly egregious. He does like to complain, looking down at his legs, the court, his racquet when he makes an error, searching for something to blame. That’s British. I think about all of his disappointments this year - Melbourne, the lost months when he seemed sick of it all, his crushing defeat at Wimbledon and the disaster that was the US Open - and what it must take to pick up and carry on.

That’s rather British, too.

[[I'm pleased to say that once again this week,  during the Barclay's ATP World Tour Finals, we have Gauloises covering the action for TennisWorld. Only now, shortly after posting, I've changed her avatar to her proper name. Hannah will be filing regulary, at least during the early going, and don't forget to look for Racquet Reaction posts as well - Pete]]


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Posted by Master Ace 11/23/2010 at 10:42 AM

Viktor,
Unfortunately, I am at my day job therefore, no commentary or observations for me:(

Posted by Nitish 11/23/2010 at 10:42 AM

Gives a lot of hope to Sod and Pix ;)

Posted by CherryNYC 11/23/2010 at 10:42 AM

15-15 Fed missed a BH DTL

Posted by CherryNYC 11/23/2010 at 10:43 AM

30-15 .. I missed the shot....

Posted by ladyjulia 11/23/2010 at 10:43 AM

Muzz making Fed run a lot..but Fed dosen't seem to mind.

Think Muzz's gonna hold here.

Posted by ladyjulia 11/23/2010 at 10:43 AM

Muzz serving 40-15...

Posted by Nitish 11/23/2010 at 10:44 AM

Comon Fed break him.

Posted by CherryNYC 11/23/2010 at 10:44 AM

40-15 big FH from Muzz right back at Fed's feet....

Posted by Nitish 11/23/2010 at 10:44 AM

Yes Fed should absolutely lose to Sod in 3 to eliminate MAndy.

Posted by Viktor 11/23/2010 at 10:44 AM

Master Ace: Ok, the same for me. That is why I was missing them... :)

Posted by ladyjulia 11/23/2010 at 10:45 AM

Muzz holds...5-2 Fed to serve.

Posted by CherryNYC 11/23/2010 at 10:45 AM

Muzz holds. Fed to serve 5-2. Please make this quick....

Posted by ladyjulia 11/23/2010 at 10:46 AM

Come on Fed..remember Shanghai? You got 5 games. You've given Muzz already 6 games. End this now.

Posted by Nitish 11/23/2010 at 10:46 AM

Just get first serves in!

Posted by CherryNYC 11/23/2010 at 10:47 AM

30-0 on a winner and a Muzz UFE

Posted by CherryNYC 11/23/2010 at 10:48 AM

30-15

Posted by ladyjulia 11/23/2010 at 10:48 AM

30-15...Fed serving.

Posted by ladyjulia 11/23/2010 at 10:48 AM

ooof...Fed to the net...

Posted by TMFunk 11/23/2010 at 10:49 AM

30-0 to 30-30? sheesh...can't you just do things the easy way???

Posted by TMFunk 11/23/2010 at 10:49 AM

moment of truth...

Posted by ladyjulia 11/23/2010 at 10:49 AM

moment of truth...matchpoint

Posted by yello fuzzy 11/23/2010 at 10:49 AM

well that was easy

Posted by Holds 2 Love 11/23/2010 at 10:50 AM

straight sets. perhaps Federer is anxious to get to the awards ceremony. perhaps he wouldn't mind reminding everyone that the #2 player still has game.

Posted by thebigapple 11/23/2010 at 10:50 AM

Yahoooo!!

Thank Gooodnessss, his serve was starting to look shaky!

Posted by Nitish 11/23/2010 at 10:50 AM

Ah what a difference it makes when Fed wins. Life is good.

Posted by TMFunk 11/23/2010 at 10:50 AM

he won???yes!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by temes 11/23/2010 at 10:50 AM

Oh Fed got stuck to the net post...he is old after all even if in this match he didnt seem so.

Posted by sisu 11/23/2010 at 10:51 AM

A roar from the crowd. Nice win. As Roger gets caught on the net post.

Sorry for Andy and his fans. Very happy for Roger and his fans.

Zenggi, hope your DVR worked. It was a good match for a FedFan to see. ;))

Posted by Christopher 11/23/2010 at 10:51 AM

Nicely done by Federer. I must confess that Murray is a complete mystery to me. Every time I think he's going to put it all together and start dominating for stretches longer than a 1000 event, he just doesn't.

Posted by @work 11/23/2010 at 10:51 AM

And that's all she wrote...
Too bad for Andy. Commies to all his fans.
Roger is looking good for the title. He and Nole seem to be the only ones so far able to hold comfortably on the surface. Seems to me everyone else is struggling in that department.

Posted by Old man Fed/Puny Server Rafa fan 11/23/2010 at 10:51 AM

Old man almost revealed his behind after his pants was caught at the net post after shaking hands. I am sure Fed Kads would have been screaming in delight for that, ha ha.

Posted by ladyjulia 11/23/2010 at 10:51 AM

Fed was clinical today...Muzz was subpar but i will take it...6-8 sounds better than 5-8.

Posted by TMFunk 11/23/2010 at 10:51 AM

Fed won 75% of his second serve points...thats pretty impressive against a returner like Muzz...

Posted by Texastennis 11/23/2010 at 10:52 AM

Christopher @10:51 +1000!

Posted by NP 11/23/2010 at 10:52 AM

Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.... Oh, so Fed won. Congrats, I guess.

Even Muzz the retard should be able to take out Ferru. So I guess it's still a 3-way race then.

Later.

Posted by tina (ajde, Novak: handsome and talented Balkans #1, world #3, Davis Cup hero, AO 2008 titleist, reigning USO finalist, cutest butt in tennis, rapper, the face of Belgrade t-shirts, Novak water and Restaurant - don't u wish your polyglot was hott like me) 11/23/2010 at 10:52 AM

After the first set, I raked a large segment of the yard, and still got back to see the final game. Was surprised to see it had been a 6-2 set. Quick and easy work for the world's greatest number 2. Sorry, Muzz fans!

Posted by ladyjulia 11/23/2010 at 10:53 AM

So, Fed is through to SF for sure? Or he has to wait for other results?

Posted by Kim (Swiss in Brisbane) 11/23/2010 at 10:53 AM

Well, I thought Andy would beat Roger in a thriller.
But no complaining from this Fed fan. Good solid win!
Keep it up Roger!!!
Commies to Muzzah fans.

Posted by sisu 11/23/2010 at 10:54 AM

Gee I hope they show Rafa getting his awards. Thought it was supposed to be after this match? Anyone know? Thx.

Posted by zenggi 11/23/2010 at 10:54 AM

sisu,
I hope so too. I programmed it yesterday before knowing what the OOP for today would be. Easy win for Roger. :)

Congratulations to Roger and fellow fans. Commisserations to Murray and fans. What will Gauloises write about this match?

Posted by Old man Fed/Puny Server Rafa fan 11/23/2010 at 10:55 AM

So Fed will 99% garauntee to be n. 1 from his group. with his 4-0 set ratio and massive 24-11 game ratio, no one can beat Fed unless Evil So can beat Fed 0-1. No freaking way. So our only hope is for Djoker to remind himself of once-in-life-time DC final at his home and lose meekly to Rafa and therefore ensuring that Fedal SF won't happen!!!

Posted by wilson75 11/23/2010 at 10:55 AM

Ladyjulia: Roger's in the SF if Ferrer beats Soderling in 2 sets or if Soderling defeats Ferrer in 3 sets.

Posted by Lynne (Rafalite) 11/23/2010 at 10:55 AM

Muzz, that was pitiful, commiserations to all your fans. Well done to Roger and congratulations to all his fans. Wouldn't be at all surprised to see him the whole thing this year.

Posted by zenggi 11/23/2010 at 10:55 AM

Sleep well further, NP.

Posted by ladyjulia 11/23/2010 at 10:56 AM

Fed on the match:

"He's beaten me the last two times so I had my hands full today. I was surprised how clean it was - he didn't have his best match."

Posted by CherryNYC 11/23/2010 at 10:57 AM

Thank you, G-d.

Posted by ladyjulia 11/23/2010 at 10:57 AM

wilson75,

I guess the Fed has it in his hands now...all he has to do is beat Soderling, who isn't in great form it seems. And he's through to SF.

Posted by Holds 2 Love 11/23/2010 at 10:57 AM

sisu, that's my understanding as well, awards ceremony coming up.

Federer: 19-10
Murray: 14-26
(winners/UFE)

Congrats and commiz to the relevant parties.
In his on-court interview Federer said it wasn't Murray's best tennis, but expects him to be back in his next match.

Posted by Master Ace 11/23/2010 at 10:58 AM

"Ladyjulia: Roger's in the SF if Ferrer beats Soderling in 2 sets or if Soderling defeats Ferrer in 3 sets."

Wilson75,
I thought that one of the choices were if Federer in the SF if Ferrer win regardless of 2 or 3 sets which would drop Soderling to 0-2 and Ferrer and Murray will battle for the final spot.

Posted by CherryNYC 11/23/2010 at 10:59 AM

what's going on now? Rafa is on the court for some ceremony?

Posted by wilson75 11/23/2010 at 10:59 AM

Ladyjulia: I would like him to beat Soderling.

Posted by wilson75 11/23/2010 at 11:00 AM

CherryNYC: Presentation of YEC No. 1, Player of the Year and SE Sportsman of the Year trophies.

Posted by GB 11/23/2010 at 11:01 AM

Awww Rafa sounds sooo nervous

Posted by Or 11/23/2010 at 11:01 AM

So gonna see Roger in the semis! Yey! Yey!! He did not disappoint me!

Posted by Holds 2 Love 11/23/2010 at 11:02 AM

CherryNYC, Nadal receiving the year-end #1 award and the Stefan Edberg sportsmanship award. He says the latter is very important because it's voted by the players, thanking all his fans.

Posted by TMFunk 11/23/2010 at 11:02 AM

If Fed doesn't go through after winning his first two matches like this, you can make that the mother of all matchpoint woes... don't think it will happen :)

Posted by Old man Fed/Puny Server Rafa fan 11/23/2010 at 11:02 AM

What's Rafa's problem with Adam, the ATP head? He says "it's a horror to receive the trophy from Adam." ??

Posted by ladyjulia 11/23/2010 at 11:03 AM

Did the Fed even celebrate? Or subdued celebration...but ofcourse its hometown for Muzz.

Hope the Muzz still gets through...would love for the top 4 to duke it out in SFs.

Posted by CherryNYC 11/23/2010 at 11:03 AM

I'm so confused by this format.... Is there a way for Sod to make the SFs?

Posted by Holds 2 Love 11/23/2010 at 11:03 AM

I see Master Ace is on the job... why do I bother? ;-)

It's actually a rather understated presentation, if you think about it.

Posted by wilson75 11/23/2010 at 11:03 AM

MA: You're right, it's regardless of the score in a Ferrer victory, Roger's in SF.

Posted by sisu 11/23/2010 at 11:03 AM

H2L - TTC is showing "The Evert Era". Do you have a stream? Thx.

Posted by Old man Fed/Puny Server Rafa fan 11/23/2010 at 11:04 AM

That Rafa kid, he's got some guts, I tell ya. Letting thousands of people in the crowd know that he didn't like the head of ATP. ha ha.

Posted by ladyjulia 11/23/2010 at 11:05 AM

Or,

Its not 100% that Fed is in the semis. But chances are extremely high that he is in the semis.

I wonder if Rafa can bite all the three trophys all together...or there are two?

Posted by Holds 2 Love 11/23/2010 at 11:05 AM

sorry, sisu. watching on skysports1

Posted by wilson75 11/23/2010 at 11:05 AM

CherryNYC: I'm guessing Soderling winning both his matches in 2 sets would get him in the SF.

Posted by jb (chocolate FTW!!!) 11/23/2010 at 11:06 AM

cherrynyc. if Sod wins today, AND beats Fed, he could go through. but it would also be dependent on the sets / games won. noone is a lock yet.

round robins are a delight. thank goodness they did away with them, i can only handle this once a year.. :)

Posted by Holds 2 Love 11/23/2010 at 11:06 AM

"The Evert Era?!?!"

Posted by Master Ace 11/23/2010 at 11:07 AM

CherryNYC,
Yes, Soderling still have a chance for the SF. His best route is to win against Ferrer and Federer and Murray to lose to Ferrer. He can still make it at 2-1(if Murray defeat Ferrer) and 1-2 but he would need the sets and games scenario to go his way.

Posted by wilson75 11/23/2010 at 11:07 AM

Old man Fed: I didn't hear it but I think he most likely said an "honour" not a "horror".

Posted by ladyjulia 11/23/2010 at 11:08 AM

Well, the Fed has done more than what was expected..he's taken advantage of whatever opportunities he got and put himself in the best position for the group.

Posted by CherryNYC 11/23/2010 at 11:09 AM

this format gives me a headache.....

I guess AM is not around yet, but I'm sure she'll be thrilled with the wedding in Westminster Abbey...

Posted by Andrew 11/23/2010 at 11:10 AM

Gosh. I go to a meeting, and what happens?

Commiserations to Murray fans. Looked to me like he came out flat, and never really got his teeth into the match.

Congratulations to Federer fans: he won 63/43, or 59% to 41%. That's a very, very clean kill. Federer will be quite hard to overtake in group B, if my math is right.

Back to my meeting.

Posted by Old man Fed/Puny Server Rafa fan 11/23/2010 at 11:10 AM

wilson75, ha ha I know. He keeps on saying "horror". I start to think he's saying that intentionally. Even Moya said it correctly. What's Rafa's problem? You see? He's doing it intentionally. He's all fed up since Adam refuses to bring the YEC to a clay court in 3 years time.

Posted by Master Ace 11/23/2010 at 11:10 AM

25.6K each for Nadal and Federer on their painting so far.

Posted by Tuulia 11/23/2010 at 11:10 AM

Of course he said honour, old man is just trying to be funny. Rafa simply pronounces h at beginning, where it's pronounced most of the time in English.

Posted by wilson75 11/23/2010 at 11:13 AM

MA: I can't get over the fact there are people out there willing to pay 25K for a painting done by non-artists. I know its Rafa and Roger but still it's mind-boggling.

Posted by Heather 11/23/2010 at 11:15 AM

Cherry, I can't wait everyone loves a good royal wedding, I'm sure AM is going to be thrilled, she has Kate's whole day planned out, flowers and all! :)

Posted by sii 11/23/2010 at 11:17 AM

Rafa and Fed are artists in their own right.

Posted by CherryNYC 11/23/2010 at 11:18 AM

Heather, I admit to having a soft spot for royal weddings.... And I love Westminster --- one of my favorite places anywhere.... I'm already planning to take off April 29th.......

Posted by temes 11/23/2010 at 11:18 AM

wilson75, I guess when you got money...LOL

Posted by Old man Fed/Puny Server Rafa fan 11/23/2010 at 11:19 AM

wilson75, well there is still more than 6 days left for that auction. I wouldn't be surprised if it goes over $50K before the auctions are over. That's someone's entire year-worth salary right there. But for millionare tennis maniac, that's just another bike in the garage.

Posted by ladyjulia 11/23/2010 at 11:21 AM

xfan,

I didn't see you today but both are picks are still alive and kicking.

Posted by wilson75 11/23/2010 at 11:22 AM

temes and old man fed: Isn't there supposed to be a global recession?

Posted by Kombo 11/23/2010 at 11:24 AM

Ladyjulia - "Hope the Muzz still gets through...would love for the top 4 to duke it out in SFs."*

*cough* according to the rankings the top 4 are Nadal,Fed,Novak, & Soderling. Muzz is #5.

Posted by ladyjulia 11/23/2010 at 11:26 AM

kombo,

oops...didn't realize Soderling was 4th.

Posted by Game Lover 11/23/2010 at 11:30 AM

So Gaulouises withe her French cigarettes name is actually Belgian or something?

Nice writing though!

So I'm missing Roger-Andy today (no replays in Canada duh!) after missing Rafa yesterday (they've shown Nole-Thomas around 2 PM....)

And my usual type of questions about your own game:

a) How often do you play? I try to play daily for months now...

b) Have any of you read a book called
The Inner Game of Tennis
Gallwey, W. Timothy (Book - 1997) ?

I think it's great, talks about how to trust your body to do the shots, "let it happen", "let it learn" etc and just visualize the shots you want your body to produce and not let your mind advise your body about technique during the shot (but rather observe what's happening and focus on the ball, on the raquet head, on the ball seams, ball trajectory, sound, etc).

There is another book that I've liked:

Maximum Tennis
10 Keys to Unleashing your On-court Potential
Saviano, Nick (Book - 2003)

But from this one I got mainly how to do the split before the opponent hits, how to chase balls etc

Posted by sisu 11/23/2010 at 11:30 AM

Thx. H2L. "The Evert Era" must see TV only on TTC. ;))

I'm sure someone will post the ceremony on YT.

Tuulia, thought of you when I saw OMF/PSRF's comment. ;))

Posted by CL 11/23/2010 at 11:31 AM

Well that was just sparkling. Indeed, not Muzz's, best but Muzz's best against Roger depends on Roger giving him lots of UFEs. Free points, in way, for Muzz. Roger didn't seem to be in the mood for that today. Hitting the ball very cleanly...even threw in a couple on Moonpies, just for Tim.

Here's a question - sometimes Fed's second serve gets gobbled up by a good returner...including, Muzz, the Djoker and several others. But other times, his second serve just seems to befuddle them...like Muzz today. And I can never figure out if that is more about them, the receiver, of some subtle change in the quality of Fed's second serve. Opinions?

Quick anecdote about the sportsmanship award -The other day when Lief and Jimmy A were talking about Rafa winning the Edberg award, Arias said the Edberg was playing a match on the senior circuit in the Cayman Islands and that he, Stefan, probably wouldn't have won his own award. lol. Said it wasn't that Stefan was getting angry, but he was "very smart alecky." I totally love the idea of a smart aleck Edberg.

Posted by temes 11/23/2010 at 11:32 AM

wilson75, this video shows their "painting" process...it's not like they were very involved in the part of the design that required artistic vision lol. It's all very silly but for charity I guess anything goes.

http://tinyurl.com/3xboa8b

Posted by wilson75 11/23/2010 at 11:35 AM

temes: Yes in the end, money does go to charity so I guess it's a good thing that there are still people out willing to part with that amount of money.

Posted by ladyjulia 11/23/2010 at 11:36 AM

More Fed quotes on the match:

"It's strange, Andy's a good returner, one of the best we have in the game," Federer told Sky Sports 1. "On first serves, second serves, he's got many options.

"I'm quite surprised today, a bit shocked, but obviously very happy. I'm happy I'm playing so well."

Posted by Heather 11/23/2010 at 11:42 AM

Cherry, me too! I told my supervisor this morning I was taking the day off, haha! :)

Posted by CL 11/23/2010 at 11:43 AM

**big wave to TMFunk***

Ah, but perhaps it is the Muzz ropadoping Fed...for if and when they meet up later. Hee.

This format makes my head spin. Why do they know that Fed will play Robin when Robin and Ferruuu haven't even played yet? Shouldn't the outcome of that match effect who Muzz and Fed play?

**confused***

Posted by jackson 11/23/2010 at 11:45 AM

Rafa is such a sweetie. He looked very pleased with both his trophies and although at times he can look a bit sheepish when he gets a lot of public attention, I thought he enjoyed the little ceremony and the video of the highlights of his year. Hope it goes up on youtube so I can have a look at it again as my stream was buffering and stopping and starting but the good thing was it was getting stuck on his dimply smile which was all right with me too.

What a crap match Andy played. I felt sorry for him as he looked like he was embarrassed about how flat he was. How disappointing for all his fans that came out to see him. This whole tournament is turning out to be a dud. The only match that was even a bit competitive was Rafa/Roddick yesterday. Is it the court that is causing the best players in the world to look like such duffers?

Posted by jackson 11/23/2010 at 11:48 AM

Why do they know that Fed will play Robin when Robin and Ferruuu haven't even played yet?

It's a round robin CL and they play each other once. The only one Fed hasn't played yet is Daveed. After all three matches have been played in the group they'll determine who moves on to the semis.

Posted by GB 11/23/2010 at 11:48 AM

CL: Fed's already played Ferru and Andy's played Sod.

Posted by jackson 11/23/2010 at 11:49 AM

Oops. Of course I meant the only one Fed hasn't played yet is Sod. D'oh.

Posted by Tuulia 11/23/2010 at 11:52 AM

sisu :)

Posted by Old man Fed/Puny Server Rafa fan 11/23/2010 at 11:53 AM

Anybody sticking around for Evil Sod-Ferru match? I will answer that. No one. Probably another boring beatdown if the trend not involving grind-king Rafa continues. This board will be empty until tomorrow morning with a scatter of Roddick fans and later in a full force for Rafa-Djoker.

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