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Rock Stars For a Week 11/25/2010 - 11:38 PM

Bb by Hannah Wilks, TennisWorld Contributing Writer

Numbers are a big part of any tennis fan's life, and there’s always a day at the year-end championship when the numbers take centre stage. Last year, Andy Murray was denied a place in the semifinals by an abstract mathematical calculation, a del Potro second-serve ace and a Hawkeye challenge; a matter of millimetres and the progress of the championships was altered. This year, Murray is ranked No. 5 and back at the O2 among the elite; del Potro, last year’s finalist, played six matches in 2010 and is currently ranked No. 262 due to the vagaries of injury. Sometimes numbers do tell the whole story.

It’s clear today that the organizers here at the ATP World Tour Finals have learned from the embarrassments of last year. Everywhere, the big screens flash group standings and qualification scenarios for the crowds; the media are handed briefing notes updating the latest outcomes and possibilities at regular intervals. Permutations and probabilities are bandied back and forth at the bar, on the stairs, in whispers inside the arena. It starts to feel like a drinking game (sponsored by Corona, of course)Soderling took it to a tiebreak: two fingers! Murray won more than four games in a set: down in one!

As it turns out, however, everybody might as well have left their calculators at home, as the Group B progressions were settled by the simplest of eventualities; Roger Federer defeated Robin Soderling 7-6 (5), 6-3 in a majestic defensive display, leaving himself in solitary state as the first player to qualify for the semifinals. The Swede is eliminated from contention and heading home for the holidays, with the second semifinal spot to be decided between Andy Murray and David Ferrer. The consensus is that Murray has to win a set, or win a minimum of seven games in losing. It sounds simple, but when is anything with the Scot ever as straightforward as it should be?

It turns out you can’t even depend on Murray to be undependable. He starts off in woeful fashion by losing serve, but before anyone can hunker down for a long night, he recovers and doesn’t look back, winning not just the first set but the second to book his semifinal spot. David Ferrer leaves London without winning a match, Murray gets to experience a semifinal Saturday at the O2, and everyone’s left with rather an anticlimactic feeling.

But the most interesting numbers of the day for me are the ones that come up in the Bryan brothers’ press conference, after the twins have sealed their qualification for the semifinals by beating Lukas Dlouhy and Leander Paes in straight sets, afterwards being presented with the ATP fans’ favorite award. Their numbers in 2010 tell their own story: two Grand Slams, in Melbourne and New York. Their 600th match win in Delray Beach. The sixth time they have finished the year ranked No. 1. Their 62nd championship win in L.A., surpassing the all-time career titles record. Those are GOAT numbers, even if they have to be marginally qualified with the insertion of' 'team.'

Having accomplished all of this, there’s a sad inevitability to the main thrust of the questionsthe health of the doubles game. Usually, it’s the aging of the viewer demographic that is the concern, not the participants. But the average age of the players in this year’s draw is 32, as opposed to 26 in the singles; the youngest player in the doubles draw is the 26-year-old Philipp Petzchner, a relative baby next to 39-year-old Dick Norman. The oldest player in the singles is Federer at 29 and the draw includes two 23-year-olds, Murray and Djokovic. A Bryan (I can’t tell them apart when they’re not holding their racquets) acknowledges the problem: These 20 guys are the same guys we’ve been playing against for the last 10 years. We’re all still at the top of the game. There aren’t a lot of guys breaking through. It’s being repopulated by singles players. It used to be the Top 50 guys used to have two or three singles players in it. Now it’s half and half.

Think about that for a minute. Then name, if you can, one successful doubles specialist who is under 25 and who promises much for the future. It’s easy to dismiss doubles, an attitude that I’ve been guilty of myself; it’s an opportunity to see more of your favourite singles players, perhaps, or a way to kill time while you’re waiting for some real action to begin. I’ve had the opportunity this week to watch the best playing the best, and yet until today, the most attention I’ve paid to the top seeds is to enjoy the slo-mo replay of Mike getting hit in the back of the head with Bob’s serve. Or possibly the other way around.

Doubles doesn’t just require discipline; it is a discipline. Jurgen Melzer, No. 11 in the world, teamed with a solid singles player in Petzchner, still found himself eliminated today by Mariusz Fyrstenberg and Marcin Matkowski. Nobody’s going to stop the latter team in the street, but they are masters of their sport and the specific skills it rewards. Power from the baseline can accomplish much, but it can still be rendered impotent by the cool head and practiced hands required to finish a point at the net. How different might today’s singles results have been had Robin Soderling had the split-second confidence to put away Federer’s high, floating ball?

It may all too often be treated as an encumbrance at worst, a consolation prize at bestnot a lot of kids growing up wanting to be the best in the world in doubles, as even said best players admitbut if doubles as an end in itself dies, to be replaced by singles players supplementing their incomes and match play, something will be lost. Not just the particular skills of serve and volley, familiarity and precision at net, but a sport that rewards eccentricity and uniqueness, the coming together of two players that separately would have been very ordinary to become something greater than the sum of their parts.

Any commenter or commentator is familiar with those who lament tennis’ increasing homogeneity; they should watch more doubles. Yesterday, a day that saw public complaints from one singles player about the time his opponent was taking in order to be physically able to continue the match, I witnessed Max Miyrni bending down to the ground to chat to his partner Mahesh Bhupathi while he received medical attention, folding his angular limbs to put their heads close together. Their opponents, meanwhile, the soon-to-split Nestor and Zimonjic, were as far apart as two players could be, Nestor slumping in a chair shrouded in towels while Zimonjic took energetic practice swings at the far end of the court. Talk about the range of human experience. And today, I’m listening to two people I’ve often derided talk with warmth and a total lack of self-pity about the senescence of the sport they have dedicated their life to, the sport that has made them extraordinary. 

That at least is one thing that the World Tour Finals has going for it, despite the occasional limpness of the round-robin format. I haven’t seen the arena less than two-thirds full for a doubles match this week; they’ve been cheered, slow-clapped, bemoaned, had their names chanted. There’s nothing like it, a Bryan says; when you have intros, smoke, lights, music, you have goosebumps … We feel like rock stars.

To be treated like stars one week out of fifty-two isn’t the best ratio, but for a team who have broken the greatest of records, it’s a lot better than none.


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Posted by Master Ace 11/26/2010 at 09:58 AM

Tina,
I think so but if not, tomorrow is definitely on the schedule for them.

Posted by GB 11/26/2010 at 09:59 AM

AM: now that Rafa has to hold to stay in the set, I'll take some vodka

Posted by wilson75 11/26/2010 at 09:59 AM

lilscot: like, mind. The fact is you're not opposed to it, I am. The thing about the fawning is that the first sign of trouble it turns into loathing. It makes me feel like they are manipulating the audience especially the non-tennis fan. Bottom line, I think we can both agree that commentators talk too much and are more times a nuisance than a help. BTW, there a few times I don't enjoy watching tennis and I do mute the TV sometimes.

Posted by Ausiemarg,Madame President,Rafa London Is Calling! 11/26/2010 at 09:59 AM

Hell we we keep the Goat talk

Rafa talk over till this game is finished please

Thanks

I am soo over it

Posted by GB 11/26/2010 at 10:00 AM

Rafa with lots of ues now:(

Posted by jenny 11/26/2010 at 10:00 AM

VAMOS TOMAS!!!!!!!!

Posted by Ausiemarg,Madame President,Rafa London Is Calling! 11/26/2010 at 10:01 AM

Good rally by both players

Come on Rafa

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) 11/26/2010 at 10:02 AM

jackson:

the fromsport.com stream I'm watching is from SkySports 1, and it's great.

Posted by temes 11/26/2010 at 10:02 AM

Rafa just discourages his opponents with that kind of points...Berdych in total control of the point but Rafa never looks like he is going to lose it...must feel like a total nightmare. lol

Posted by Master Ace 11/26/2010 at 10:03 AM

If Rafael wins the match, remember the 4-5,0-15 where Tomas set up the point nicely but Rafael had the last say with a FH passing shot that was low.

Posted by jackson 11/26/2010 at 10:03 AM

This is a terrific match. Both players are making some fabulous shots.

Posted by Ausiemarg,Madame President,Rafa London Is Calling! 11/26/2010 at 10:05 AM

Hmm 5 games all looking at a t/break pfft.

Posted by eclipse22 (rafagirl VAMOS RAFA WINNER OF ALL FOUR GRAND SLAMS) 11/26/2010 at 10:05 AM

morning
i think rafa's lost every first point on his games, what gives? and he missed breaking berdych twice , still i'm not feeling like rafael is in any danger, oh well we shall see...
OT: is berdych still going out with vaidisova?

ooh that was "mean" berdych , its war now!!! lol

Posted by jenny 11/26/2010 at 10:05 AM

YES!!!!!!!!

Posted by Ausiemarg,Madame President,Rafa London Is Calling! 11/26/2010 at 10:06 AM

I cant believe this is the same Tomas since his first match with Nole

Good to see.

Posted by Ausiemarg,Madame President,Rafa London Is Calling! 11/26/2010 at 10:07 AM

Thats the way Rafa

Posted by jackson 11/26/2010 at 10:07 AM

AM, I believe you have a scroll button.

Posted by Ausiemarg,Madame President,Rafa London Is Calling! 11/26/2010 at 10:07 AM

2nd serve Rafa?

Posted by wilson75 11/26/2010 at 10:07 AM

eclipse22: Berdych is with Lucie Safarova, she's in London btw. Vaidisova is married to Radek Stepanek.

Posted by Ausiemarg,Madame President,Rafa London Is Calling! 11/26/2010 at 10:08 AM

Wow thas the f/hand Tomas great point well done

Posted by Master Ace 11/26/2010 at 10:08 AM

If Rafael holds at 5-6 and win TB, he will qualify for the semifinals

Posted by jenny 11/26/2010 at 10:09 AM

SIIIIIIIII!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by sisu 11/26/2010 at 10:09 AM

I’ve looked at wearing hats at least two ways when done indoors - 1) to absorb perspiration, and 2) to bring more direct focus to a player (much like blinders are used in horseracing). Have no idea if any of this is true. ;))

BTW, I checked the dictionary for favorite and the second meaning is - “competitor most likely to win: a competitor considered to be the most likely to win” (the first being - “person or thing liked most: somebody or something that is liked most of all or preferred to all others”.)


Good competitive match so far. Hi everyone.

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) 11/26/2010 at 10:09 AM

Excellent play from Tomas!

Posted by Ausiemarg,Madame President,Rafa London Is Calling! 11/26/2010 at 10:09 AM

Jackson Indeed I do.Typical comment from you though isnt it?

Just watch the match which is a good one.

Posted by jenny 11/26/2010 at 10:10 AM

SI! Tomas, Bully The Bully

Posted by Ausiemarg,Madame President,Rafa London Is Calling! 11/26/2010 at 10:10 AM

Rafa too short and it got the punishment it deserved

Posted by GB 11/26/2010 at 10:11 AM

OMG - please hold Rafa!

Posted by lilscot 11/26/2010 at 10:11 AM

The commies are going to go on about different players whether we like it or not, so I just choose to not add any more crap in my brain than is already there. There is much to complain about in the sport. Complaining about a couple of over-indulged sports commentators doesn't rank up there for me. They all do it. For years they've done it over Roger. No worries. Roger deserved every bit of it, as does Rafa.

These guys aren't reporting the news so there's no rule that they have to remain unbaised.

Nuff said on the subject. Back to the great match. :)

Posted by jackson 11/26/2010 at 10:11 AM

Thanks Tina. I found the link you mentioned and it's much smoother.

Posted by temes 11/26/2010 at 10:13 AM

Rafa is furious...

Posted by Master Ace 11/26/2010 at 10:14 AM

Stefan Edberg winner and Carlos Bernandes are discussing that last point where Tomas challenges and was correct

Posted by x-fan 11/26/2010 at 10:14 AM

What is Rafa doing?
He's so agitated about a hawkeye correction?

'You are telling me a crazy thing, Carlos' (that's what he's telling the ump)

I don't remember seeing Nadal this upset in a long time

Posted by Andrew 11/26/2010 at 10:14 AM

Bernades is right - that's Berdych's point.

Nadal stopped play. Point over.

Posted by jenny 11/26/2010 at 10:14 AM

What a spaz nadal is.

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) 11/26/2010 at 10:14 AM

Well, such drama!!

Posted by gauloises 11/26/2010 at 10:15 AM

What was Rafa yelling about? Something to do with the challenge, obviously, but I couldn't tell what.

Posted by Ausiemarg,Madame President,Rafa London Is Calling! 11/26/2010 at 10:15 AM

Come on Rafa just focus

A Lukrer LOL! thanks I didnt know you were counting my comments

Good to see

We are in the middle of a match and we can leave other comments till after the match.Which I think is fair ok.

Posted by wilson75 11/26/2010 at 10:15 AM

lilscot: Two wrongs don't make a right. End of story.

Posted by eclipse22 (rafagirl VAMOS RAFA WINNER OF ALL FOUR GRAND SLAMS) 11/26/2010 at 10:15 AM

major controversy!!!!!!
i love hearing rafa speaks even if he's annoyed!!! yeah game on!!!
what can i say he's a passionate player!

Posted by Andrew 11/26/2010 at 10:15 AM

BTW, I don't think Bernades should have allowed the challenge, because it was late. Once allowed, point to Berdych.

Posted by GB 11/26/2010 at 10:15 AM

OMG _ what is going on with Rafa? I am not a fan of this

Posted by Ausiemarg,Madame President,Rafa London Is Calling! 11/26/2010 at 10:16 AM

Well done Tomas

Rafa???

Posted by jackson 11/26/2010 at 10:16 AM

Oh my goodness. I don't think I've ever seen Rafa so pissed off! LOL

Posted by GB 11/26/2010 at 10:16 AM

I really can't remember Rafa having a hissy fit like that.

Posted by jenny 11/26/2010 at 10:17 AM

SI

Posted by GB 11/26/2010 at 10:17 AM

Wait, was there an out call?

Posted by MikeDC 11/26/2010 at 10:17 AM

To slip away from the singles match and back to the post. It may be usual to say "I wish there were more doubles matches on TV" but... I'm one of the barbarians who thinks if doubles specialists went extinct, no problem.

I'm sorry, but watching some of the doubles this week there is a top player (Mariusz Fyrstenberg? Marcin Matkowskiarwho?) looks like he just ate David Nalbandian and then had Marcos Baghdatis for dessert. I just can't get into watching it as anything more than background noise.

Posted by Ausiemarg,Madame President,Rafa London Is Calling! 11/26/2010 at 10:17 AM

Andrew I agree with you there.

Posted by Master Ace 11/26/2010 at 10:18 AM

40-40 Tomas gets to volley then cut off BH passing shot to hit volley winner
A-40 Rafael FH winner
Rafael holds as Tomas BH return wide

Tiebreak time!

Posted by GB 11/26/2010 at 10:18 AM

deuce:(((

Posted by temes 11/26/2010 at 10:18 AM

I see the line judge Serena threatened to shove a ball into is present...I think she's a witch causing players to lose it!

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) 11/26/2010 at 10:18 AM

Andrew, I beg to differ: I thought Tomas threw his arms up as soon as Carlos made the over-rule.

Posted by Ausiemarg,Madame President,Rafa London Is Calling! 11/26/2010 at 10:18 AM

rafa you had your chances in this 1st set to break your ROS hasnt been good.

Posted by wilson75 11/26/2010 at 10:19 AM

GB: Wimbledon against Phillip Petzner. I know I spelled his name wrong.

Posted by jenny 11/26/2010 at 10:19 AM

nadal acts like a spoiled child

Posted by Papo (Got Nadal?) 11/26/2010 at 10:19 AM

The ball was called out by the umpire (Bernardes). Yes Rafa was challenging the call, but Bernardes obviously felt the challenge was unnecesary and called the ball out, so the ball was an out call which Berdych correctly challenged. Technically the point should have been replayed.

Posted by mg 11/26/2010 at 10:19 AM

"I see the line judge Serena threatened to shove a ball into is present...I think she's a witch causing players to lose it!"

lmao. Thanks. I needed that to ease some of my anxiety.

Posted by GB 11/26/2010 at 10:20 AM

Rafa *is* crazy on edge this tourney

Posted by temes 11/26/2010 at 10:20 AM

Yes it was not a late challenge from Berdych...I think Rafa stopped playing so the point belong to Berdych. But that's history now as Rafa is dominating the tiebreak.

Posted by eclipse22 (rafagirl VAMOS RAFA WINNER OF ALL FOUR GRAND SLAMS) 11/26/2010 at 10:20 AM

rafa is way more vocal and expressive in his native language...when he's dicussing with an english speaking umpire he appears way more colm!

Posted by Ausiemarg,Madame President,Rafa London Is Calling! 11/26/2010 at 10:21 AM

Rafa 3-1 come on

Posted by Andrew 11/26/2010 at 10:21 AM

Papo, tina: Bernades ruled the ball out after Nadal had raised his hand and stopped play. At that point, the burden was on Berdych to challenge, otherwise the point went to Nadal and Hawkeye would not be used. But once Nadal stopped play and indicated that he thought the ball was out, the point couldn't be replayed.

Posted by GB 11/26/2010 at 10:22 AM

Pls win the breaker if you can Rafa, cause you already have less then zero colm

Posted by Ausiemarg,Madame President,Rafa London Is Calling! 11/26/2010 at 10:22 AM

eclipse 22 LOL! with "Colm"

Posted by jenny 11/26/2010 at 10:22 AM

VAMOS TOMAS!!!!!!!!

Posted by x-fan 11/26/2010 at 10:23 AM

I also thought the point was going to be re-played but maybe I missed something.
Anyway, for those who don't speak Spanish, while Rafa was very agitated he didn't use foul language or insulted anyone. He kept saying to the umpire that what he was saying was wrong, outrageous, crazy (barbaridad, locura)

Posted by Ausiemarg,Madame President,Rafa London Is Calling! 11/26/2010 at 10:23 AM

Good serve Rafa

Rafa 5-2

Posted by temes 11/26/2010 at 10:23 AM

I think Rafa should be cut some slack speaking English he appears like a little puppy but speaking Spanish people generally seem very passionate about things lol.

Posted by Ausiemarg,Madame President,Rafa London Is Calling! 11/26/2010 at 10:24 AM

Set point Rafa good serve

Posted by Master Ace 11/26/2010 at 10:25 AM

R = Rafael Nadal
T = Tomas Berdych

Tomas serving to begin TB

R 1-0 Tomas FH long
R 2-0 Tomas BH DTL wide
R 3-0 Tomas nets FH
R 3-1 Rafael FH return wide
R 3-2 Tomas FH winner on short return
R 4-2 Rafael service winner wide
R 5-2 Rafael service winner at T
Rafael serving at 72% on first serve
R 6-2 Tomas DF
R 6-3 Rafael FH return long
Rafael qualifies for the SF as he hit FH winner

Posted by Papo (Got Nadal?) 11/26/2010 at 10:25 AM

Rafa is going to the semifinals, yay!

Posted by Ausiemarg,Madame President,Rafa London Is Calling! 11/26/2010 at 10:25 AM

Thanks Rafa with Drama takes the t/break

Posted by wilson75 11/26/2010 at 10:25 AM

Rafa to run away with it. Berdych can't come back now.

Posted by x-fan 11/26/2010 at 10:25 AM

And that does it? He's through to the semis (either first or second depending on the definite results of the two matches today)?

Posted by Ausiemarg,Madame President,Rafa London Is Calling! 11/26/2010 at 10:26 AM

Phew he made the s/.finals with added Drama lol!

Posted by temes 11/26/2010 at 10:26 AM

Nice. Fed-Rafa getting closer.

Posted by lilscot 11/26/2010 at 10:26 AM

Whoo.....hoo! First set under the belt. Boy, Rafa sure got upset at Carlos there. The commies are right in that if there was no call except for Rafa challenging, then the point should have gone to Tomas. But, if the lines-person actually made a call and distracted Rafa then I can see why Rafa was upset. I guess we'll have to wait until further video review to know what actually happened.

But anyway, whooooo.....hoooooo!

Posted by Andrew 11/26/2010 at 10:27 AM

Nadal wins the TB 7-3 in fairly comfortable style, and wins Group A. Andy Roddick is still alive.

Berdych's first serve percent not so hot.

Nadal and Murray are the two best players in stopping an opponent from moving a 60% advantage in a point to an 80% advantage. Phenomenal defenders.

Posted by Lynne (Rafalite) 11/26/2010 at 10:27 AM

I've noticed that when players get mad, it really seems to help them.

Why say "Vamos" to Berdy ... he is not Spanish.

Posted by Ausiemarg,Madame President,Rafa London Is Calling! 11/26/2010 at 10:27 AM

Rafa please try with your ROS in this 2nd set okay.

Posted by Master Ace 11/26/2010 at 10:28 AM

If Nadal win the match, he will face Murray tomorrow.

Posted by eclipse22 (rafagirl VAMOS RAFA WINNER OF ALL FOUR GRAND SLAMS) 11/26/2010 at 10:28 AM

@jenny

it may seems so,but i believe he was confident he was right and not afraid to stand his ground! plzz i didnt believe a word he said about stop playing ,aaah such fire!!!!!!

41% fist serves for berdych vs 73% for rafa, yeahh no threat there...
well at least i'm a little bit more pumped up...
vamos rafa!!!

Posted by jenny 11/26/2010 at 10:28 AM

VAMOS TOMAS!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by temes 11/26/2010 at 10:28 AM

Lynne whenever I see kids playing tennis here (in Finland) they all shout vamos...it's kind of comical but I guess the word is internatiol fusion language now.

Posted by Ausiemarg,Madame President,Rafa London Is Calling! 11/26/2010 at 10:28 AM

lilscot I wish sometimes Rafa could just win like normal lol!

Your drip still in by the way just checking?

Posted by NP 11/26/2010 at 10:28 AM

"The ball was called out by the umpire (Bernardes). Yes Rafa was challenging the call, but Bernardes obviously felt the challenge was unnecesary and called the ball out, so the ball was an out call which Berdych correctly challenged. Technically the point should have been replayed."

This sounds about right, except that I don't think the linesperson called it out 1st. Unless the umpire overruled the point immediately and Rafa challenged it in response to that overrule, that particular should indeed be given to Berdych. So yes, the umpire made the right call and decision.

Posted by Master Ace 11/26/2010 at 10:29 AM

Andrew,
Rafael has not won the group yet. Tomas can still win this match then Novak can win the group if he win in straight sets.

Posted by mg 11/26/2010 at 10:29 AM

Thank goodness he just needed a set. I'm glad the incident happened--it showed me how much he wants this one. It makes me optimistic that he may be able to will himself to a US Open type performance in the semis and finals.

Posted by jewell - Make tea, not war. 11/26/2010 at 10:29 AM

The BBC people thought it should've been replayed. Whatever, nothing's an excuse for that kind of tantrum. :) I have never seen Rafa so furious.

Posted by just horsen 11/26/2010 at 10:30 AM

yay! Rafa got the 1st set!Which means that he's qualified for the semi's! (i think)

Mornin, y'all!

Posted by Ausiemarg,Madame President,Rafa London Is Calling! 11/26/2010 at 10:30 AM

Master Ace I thought Rafa just had to win 1 set? oops I celebrated too early

Posted by Lynne (Rafalite) 11/26/2010 at 10:30 AM

temes : Yes, you're right "Vamos" is now famous and loved by everyone.

Posted by GB 11/26/2010 at 10:31 AM

"It makes me optimistic that he may be able to will himself to a US Open type performance in the semis and finals"

Really? It does the opposite for me. It makes me feel like he wants it waaayyyyy too much.

Posted by wilson75 11/26/2010 at 10:31 AM

jewell: From what I've heard Andrew Castle is not the sharpest knife in the draw.

Posted by Ausiemarg,Madame President,Rafa London Is Calling! 11/26/2010 at 10:32 AM

mg I hope soo.I think Rafa has been so Up for this tournament.Though I havent seen him soo upset for a long time with a official I have to say

Posted by just horsen 11/26/2010 at 10:32 AM

AM: he qualified for semi's by winning the set. but whether he'll be the #1 or #2 is still up for grabs.

Posted by x-fan 11/26/2010 at 10:33 AM

Jewell,
My commentators here (not British) thought so too about re-playing the point. I guess we'll hear more about it afterwards.

Posted by Papo (Got Nadal?) 11/26/2010 at 10:33 AM

NP, there was no call from the linesperson. Rafa thought the ball was out and he raised his hand to challenge, but Carlos overruled the in call making the challenge unnecesary. That's when Berdych successfully challenged the chair's overrule.

Posted by Master Ace 11/26/2010 at 10:33 AM

40-40 Rafael BH slice wide
A-40 Rafael service winner at T
40-40 Rafael BH passing shot wide after Tomas came forward behind FH and hit BH volley
A-40 Tomas FH return long
Rafael holds as Tomas FH sails wide

Tomas to serve 6-7(3),0-1

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