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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 Ausiemarg,Madame President,Rafa London Is Calling! 11/22/2010 at 03:16 PM

Gee I hate the bounce of this court already

Posted by Heather 11/22/2010 at 03:17 PM

Is Brooklyn there, AM? She apparently was supposed to be headed to London.

Posted by Anna 11/22/2010 at 03:18 PM

any live streams? Iam at my computer at work

Posted by Ausiemarg,Madame President,Rafa London Is Calling! 11/22/2010 at 03:18 PM

Yes Brooklyn is there

Jason said the colour wearing is called Maroon by the way

Wilson75 London people love Kylie

Posted by Heather 11/22/2010 at 03:18 PM

ugh Andy's going to lose serve already.....good thing I didn't get my hopes up!

Posted by Slice-n-Dice 11/22/2010 at 03:18 PM

Okay, Andrew, it's wilson75 and tina and me against you! ;-)))
Actually, I do think that holding tight to the #4 (year-end, final rankings, remember) spot can be and was a motivator for Murray. And I also think that he's a [particularly motivation-driven player. A guy driven by having something to prove. So, despite it seeming a silly idea that anyone would care much whether they ended up #4 or #5 in the rankings, I believe Murray does. I also believe that Roddick is similarly motivated. His dip outside the top 10 did not last very long, and if he were to win this thing, he might even shoot up to #5 or #6, which would put him just outside the game's elite. And really, when you think of his Grand Slam and Davis Cup records, coupled with his 8+ years inside the top 10, one could make a pretty strong argument for Roddick's being among the game's elite.

Just sayin'....

Posted by Lynne (Rafalite) 11/22/2010 at 03:19 PM

Quite like the colour purple ... even the socks, lol.

Posted by wilson75 11/22/2010 at 03:19 PM

AM: I know but I still don't get it.

Posted by Ausiemarg,Madame President,Rafa London Is Calling! 11/22/2010 at 03:19 PM

Rafa you had 2 b/points there?

Posted by Heather 11/22/2010 at 03:20 PM

Thanks, AM! Glad to hear that, they've been apart for awhile. Clearly I am too invested in the lives of people I will never meet, haha.

Posted by GB 11/22/2010 at 03:20 PM

Crap I'm frazzled. So wish Rafa could have broken there. Anyway, Vamos!

Posted by Ausiemarg,Madame President,Rafa London Is Calling! 11/22/2010 at 03:20 PM

Hell I hope Rafa its not going to be one of those games when you have b/points and dont convert them.

Posted by eclipse22 (rafagirl VAMOS RAFA WINNER OF ALL FOUR GRAND SLAMS) 11/22/2010 at 03:20 PM

its not exactly purple, fuschia ? pourpre? light grape purple?

Posted by Jay 11/22/2010 at 03:21 PM

Yeah, I know Tuulia. I guess its a guy thing. I will say that I like the last pic for being more natural.

As a man with a challenged hairline, I think that Rafa's is curious case. Its not typical "male-patterned" baldness, in that his hairline does not seem to be receding, and the middle and back of his head are not patchy (a la Prince William). His hair just seems to have thinned without a pattern. Who knows, maybe it'll stay that way.

Posted by Colette 11/22/2010 at 03:21 PM

Stream:

http://www.fromsport.com/v-0/10/184/v-118498.html

Posted by GB 11/22/2010 at 03:22 PM

Do. not. get. broken. here. Rafa!!

Posted by Ausiemarg,Madame President,Rafa London Is Calling! 11/22/2010 at 03:23 PM

Welcome GB unusal to see you soo Frazzled

I still have the keys to the Open Bar by the way and I remember you like

Vodka?

Hell Rafa down love 30 I might open the Bar now lol!

Posted by Colette 11/22/2010 at 03:23 PM

Rafa seems nervous to me. He REALLY wants this

Posted by GB 11/22/2010 at 03:23 PM

Yep, he is in big trouble, Jason:(((

Posted by Ausiemarg,Madame President,Rafa London Is Calling! 11/22/2010 at 03:24 PM

Okay I am pouring myself a double drink

Rafa down love 40

Anyone want a drink

Posted by Heather 11/22/2010 at 03:24 PM

Livescore is on the fritz...oh no!

Posted by temes 11/22/2010 at 03:24 PM

I think the color is magenta? Really strong magenta lol.

Posted by Ausiemarg,Madame President,Rafa London Is Calling! 11/22/2010 at 03:25 PM

Great way to lose a serve Rafa

2 d/faults

Nooooooooooooooooo!

Posted by Colette 11/22/2010 at 03:25 PM

*steps up to AM's bar*

Posted by yello fuzzy 11/22/2010 at 03:25 PM

Afternoon folks
yipes Rafa DF's twice and gets broken

Posted by GB 11/22/2010 at 03:25 PM

OMFG, a df to get broken:(((( Think I will lace my morning coffee with some vodka, thanks AM

Posted by Andrew 11/22/2010 at 03:26 PM

Urkkkkk.... 2 DFs?

Roddick breaks, after saving from 15-40 in his own service game. And sorry, #majorkitfail by the world no 1.

Posted by neilintoronto 11/22/2010 at 03:26 PM

Interesting commments Jay, as a fellow baldey, mine actually followed Rafa's, from back to front. At some point he'll just have to shave it all off i suppose. Meh, there are way worse things in life to be confronted with.

Such as NOT BEING BROKEN in his first service game *frazzle*

Posted by eclipse22 (rafagirl VAMOS RAFA WINNER OF ALL FOUR GRAND SLAMS) 11/22/2010 at 03:26 PM

and as predicted rafa brings the unnecessary drama early on!
he can't possibly still have his abysmal performance from last year still on his mind? and roddick says gee thanks rafa for refusing my gift and for yours!

Posted by Colette 11/22/2010 at 03:27 PM

Heather, try fromsport

Posted by AB 11/22/2010 at 03:27 PM

I like the color combo.

Rafa's service motion looks weird. No legs. Reaching too much with no uncoiling. Very tight.

Posted by Ausiemarg,Madame President,Rafa London Is Calling! 11/22/2010 at 03:27 PM

I might have to run out and stock up on more alchol

Posted by sisu 11/22/2010 at 03:27 PM

Some options here. Zenggi posted yesterday.

http://www.tennisform.com/default.asp?action=LIVEStream

Posted by GB 11/22/2010 at 03:28 PM

Do not have a good feeling about this:(

Posted by Ausiemarg,Madame President,Rafa London Is Calling! 11/22/2010 at 03:28 PM

Ahhhhhhhh Neil

Want a drink I am onto my second double already

Posted by Master Ace 11/22/2010 at 03:28 PM

Aussiemarg,
Better stock up on the alcohol quickly...

Posted by NP 11/22/2010 at 03:28 PM

3 140+ mph aces by A-Rod? Not bad.

Doesn't bode well for Rafa.

Posted by Blue moon 11/22/2010 at 03:28 PM

Hi all!

Sooo... Nadal-Roddick not going too great for anyone, I take it?

Posted by temes 11/22/2010 at 03:28 PM

Someone needs to send a note to Rafa that says even though we all know he is a 4 surface GS champ now this is still not clay and he better not get broken against a server like Roddick.

Posted by Ausiemarg,Madame President,Rafa London Is Calling! 11/22/2010 at 03:29 PM

I wish this tournmanet was on clay.

Posted by Anna 11/22/2010 at 03:29 PM

Thanks for the live streams, although I am not sure I want to watch it now!

Posted by jewell - Make tea, not war. 11/22/2010 at 03:30 PM

*waves to Neil*

Posted by CherryNYC 11/22/2010 at 03:30 PM

Did Rafa really DF on break point? Oh well. I like the magenta. Perhaps he was inspired by the Legend in Lavender....

Posted by Ausiemarg,Madame President,Rafa London Is Calling! 11/22/2010 at 03:30 PM

Hell Rafa just one a point

There is some hope?

Posted by Jay 11/22/2010 at 03:30 PM

neilintoronto: Just no comb-overs! :)

I only feel bad rooting for Rafa when its against an American. I'm going to try to focus on work, and just let this one play out as it will.

(quietly whispering "vamos")

Posted by NP 11/22/2010 at 03:30 PM

Those were 3 aces in a row, BTW.

Rafa's kit actually ain't half bad. A brighter bandana and wristbands would've been better, but at least those as they stand now don't distract.

Posted by Heather 11/22/2010 at 03:31 PM

Thanks, Colette but I'm at work...can't watch live streams...it looks like my livescore is just on a bit of a delay, should be okay, crossing fingers!

Kristy, are you still here....3-0?!

Posted by neilintoronto 11/22/2010 at 03:31 PM

Howdy AM!!!, Nah, don't drink here, but am smoking furiously. SBing the Rafa match, while watching Berdy's abysmal performance against Nole on T.V.. Hopefully Rafa can right the ship before he gets too far down.

Posted by Ausiemarg,Madame President,Rafa London Is Calling! 11/22/2010 at 03:31 PM

Rafa your timing is way off

Rafa needs match practice

Posted by Ausiemarg,Madame President,Rafa London Is Calling! 11/22/2010 at 03:32 PM

Neil You know my thoughts about smoking though in this instance go ahead

I might take it up myslelf

Posted by GB 11/22/2010 at 03:32 PM

Just win this point and get on the board already, Rafa!

Posted by neilintoronto 11/22/2010 at 03:33 PM

LOL Jay, please no comb overs. As a friend used to say to me to try and cheer me up, " think of it this way, the more hair you lose, the more head you'll get". Never really worked but did make me giggle at the time.

Posted by GB 11/22/2010 at 03:33 PM

F another df!:(((

Posted by Mrs Tennis 11/22/2010 at 03:33 PM

Calm down everybody. The match is just beginning. Let him find his rhythm, range and rafaocity.
Color is great!

Posted by NP 11/22/2010 at 03:33 PM

Rafa would be wise to go more for percentages than pure heat on his serves today. He's been too many 1st serves so far, and besides A-Rod's not even a good returner.

Posted by GB 11/22/2010 at 03:35 PM

Deuce again:((

Posted by neilintoronto 11/22/2010 at 03:35 PM

Question for those watching, Is it just Rafa's serve that's off so far? I hear the courts aren't super fast, but they're low bouncing. Are his groundies off as well?

Posted by Ausiemarg,Madame President,Rafa London Is Calling! 11/22/2010 at 03:35 PM

Mrs Tennis You are right.Rafa's timing is way off at the moment

I dont like the bounce of the court.When he seetles he will be ok

He did have 2 b/points against Andy in the opening game

Posted by neilintoronto 11/22/2010 at 03:36 PM

Well, he's on the board at least, its only one break...vamos!!

Posted by eclipse22 (rafagirl VAMOS RAFA WINNER OF ALL FOUR GRAND SLAMS) 11/22/2010 at 03:36 PM

and thank u andy for being generous coz rafa dear seemed intent on gifting this one too, rafa rafa rafa!

Posted by yello fuzzy 11/22/2010 at 03:37 PM

nice game plan so far by Andy

Posted by Ausiemarg,Madame President,Rafa London Is Calling! 11/22/2010 at 03:37 PM

Neil The med pace should suit Rafa the bounce is low.If he can use his slice it will be to his advantage.The slice works well here.Rafa's timing is off he is a player that needs match practice.

Posted by Old man Fed/Puny Server Rafa fan 11/22/2010 at 03:38 PM

what the heck happend to the new and improved serve that reached to 135mph???? It's back to the old slow, puny serve, I'm afraid. And he's making it look worse by being so predicatable and not putting 1st serves in.... oy.

Posted by NP 11/22/2010 at 03:38 PM

missing too many 1st serves, I mean

"Are his groundies off as well?"

Yeah. A-Rod's been hitting deep, so Rafa's been forced to half-volley from the baseline occasionally and he's been less than successful in that. And the low bounces prolly aren't helping.

Posted by yello fuzzy 11/22/2010 at 03:38 PM

great hands by Roddick

Posted by temes 11/22/2010 at 03:38 PM

Hitting some moonpies would be a good idea for Rafa right now lol!

Posted by Kristy 11/22/2010 at 03:38 PM

Omg whaaa? It's 3-0 Andy? I'm frantically trying to scroll while I work.

Posted by Ausiemarg,Madame President,Rafa London Is Calling! 11/22/2010 at 03:39 PM

Great reflexes at the net by Andy great pick up Andy off a half volley to boot.

Posted by Anna 11/22/2010 at 03:40 PM

It seems that now Rafa is starting to try to change the pace a little bit, although he is still off. But I think he is getting better

Posted by Mrs Tennis 11/22/2010 at 03:41 PM

Ausiemarg...
He'll figure it out.
Nerves might be playing with him for a bit. Determination is one of Rafa's greatest attributes. He won't give up.

Posted by Old man Fed/Puny Server Rafa fan 11/22/2010 at 03:41 PM

1st set is gone. Rafa's ROS is not good enough to break this Roddick... Why is Roddick grunting loudly every hitting and serves?? It's as if he's trying too hard. Last time that happened was when he played against Fed at US open. He got his a$s kicked then.

Posted by yello fuzzy 11/22/2010 at 03:42 PM

ok Andy lets not over-use the S & V

Posted by GB 11/22/2010 at 03:42 PM

Would be awesome if you could somehow break back here, Rafa!!

Posted by CherryNYC 11/22/2010 at 03:42 PM

Andy with 2 poor approaches and Rafa has a BP....

Posted by temes 11/22/2010 at 03:42 PM

Nadal's passing shots are the greatest.

Posted by GB 11/22/2010 at 03:43 PM

Or not

Posted by CherryNYC 11/22/2010 at 03:43 PM

S and V actually a good choice there, Andy. Deuce

Posted by Anna 11/22/2010 at 03:43 PM

This game, Roddick is feeling it already. The second serving game, Roddick was full of aces. Now he can't get a first serve in

Posted by GB 11/22/2010 at 03:44 PM

Pls don't kill me with all these bps but no breaking, Rafa!

Posted by Ausiemarg,Madame President,Rafa London Is Calling! 11/22/2010 at 03:44 PM

Good play by Andy there

Posted by Anna 11/22/2010 at 03:44 PM

BTW, I like the color combo, whatever it is- It reminds me of the old pirate like Nadal, only without the sleeveless

Posted by Kristy 11/22/2010 at 03:44 PM

Sounds like Rafa is having an off day! Go Andy!

Posted by NP 11/22/2010 at 03:45 PM

A-Rod is getting too predictable with his S&V, and on 2nd serves to boot. Dude, you ain't no Edberg. Take it easy.

Posted by clumsy_plumsy 11/22/2010 at 03:45 PM

So it looks like just about _everyone_ here is a Rafa fan... go Andy!

Posted by manuelsantanafan 11/22/2010 at 03:45 PM

I heard one of the announcers refer to the color of Rafa's shirt as "maroon."

Nope. Not even close.

This announcer's knowledge of colors is about as impressive as Rafa's play on break points on Roddick's serve.

Posted by Jay 11/22/2010 at 03:45 PM

I'm with you, neilintoronto! I was so happy when Michael Jordan made baldness cool!

On the men's tennis tour, however, the trend has not caught on. Blake wears his well, while I think that Lubicic looks like the father of whomever he is playing. Roddick seems to be facing reality with aplomb.

I look at Verdasco, who can start a tournament with a crew cut, and leave with a ponytail, and realize that life is just not fair!

Posted by Ausiemarg,Madame President,Rafa London Is Calling! 11/22/2010 at 03:46 PM

Good tough hold by Andy

Like the way he used that 2nd serve and came in on it

Rafa had his chances there Andy wasnt getting 1st serve in

Posted by Anna 11/22/2010 at 03:46 PM

Cna't believe it Rafa is 0-4 break points already

Posted by CherryNYC 11/22/2010 at 03:47 PM

Good hold for Andy -- a good second serve does wonders....

Posted by Ausiemarg,Madame President,Rafa London Is Calling! 11/22/2010 at 03:47 PM

Manuel That was Jason who called Rafa's tee Maroon lol!

Posted by Old man Fed/Puny Server Rafa fan 11/22/2010 at 03:47 PM

I've said many times. The difference between Fed and Rafa when they face against Roddick is ROS. Fed is way better against fast flat serve, hense 22-2 record. Rafa is not as good and therefore, more trouble for him, especially when he gets behind like this. 1st set is gone.

Posted by neilintoronto 11/22/2010 at 03:48 PM

ROFL Jay, The Nando line i will have to keep and reuse if that's ok with you. At least Rafa hasn't gone the Brett Michaels look, the full head bandana with a horse hair weave poking out of it. If that ever happens i'll hold Rafa down and shave his head myself.

Bald is Beautiful* ( and other lies i tell myself :P )

Posted by Lynne (Rafalite) 11/22/2010 at 03:48 PM

Feeling sick ...

Posted by temes 11/22/2010 at 03:48 PM

Well I do have Andy symphaties...but I want Rafa in the semis(I want Fed-Rafa).

Posted by Ausiemarg,Madame President,Rafa London Is Calling! 11/22/2010 at 03:49 PM

Rafa would you please play to your strenghts?

Like you had a good kicker serve and went back inside when you had the open court

Posted by Old man Fed/Puny Server Rafa fan 11/22/2010 at 03:50 PM

And what the heck happened to Rafa's serve! really! It's back to the puny version and Roddick is returning everything. 1st and 2nd!!

Posted by CherryNYC 11/22/2010 at 03:50 PM

Me, too, Lynne. Although I think I feel sick due to the number of potato chips I just ate....

I really don't have a horse in this race, so watching this is a pleasure....

Posted by AB 11/22/2010 at 03:50 PM

I think the court surface equally helps/hinders both.

Rafa has more time, but the low bounce is throwing his footwork/timing off.
Agree he needs to use his slice more and short chip the ROS. Make Roddick move up and back.

Roddick likes the sure footing and lack of elements. His strength is consistency and he doesn't have to go for a lot with Nadal's UFEs. OTOH, the carpet appears to be difficult to serve through.

Posted by Ausiemarg,Madame President,Rafa London Is Calling! 11/22/2010 at 03:51 PM

Love Rafa's indside out f/.hand to me its his best shot

Posted by imjimmy 11/22/2010 at 03:52 PM

Wow! Nadal is serving nowhere close to UsOpen/Tokyo etc. WTF happened to the new serve? It'll be interesting to see the mph.

Nadal's also NOT getting ANY read on A-Rod's serves. This one could be over quickly..

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