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Bercy Diary: Dolls and Bunnies 11/11/2010 - 10:55 AM

Rod

by Gauloises, TW Contributing Writer

8.15 a.m. - While breakfasting on ham and madeleines, I contemplate the order of play. It’s a big day; the top seeds are playing their first matches, which means that many players we’ve watched and cheered for over the past few days will be running smack into the elite of the game. It’s going to be a day of tough choices about what to watch; there’s no time to waste.

10.35 a.m. - Waste valuable time being propositioned by the guy with one eye who hands out the free newspapers outside Bercy metro station.

11.03 a.m. - Through security (“for you, no problem!”) and wait outside the arena for a break in play. Roddick is serving for the set at 5-1 and it’s clear that as hungry as Nieminen appeared against Malisse, Roddick on a fast court is simply a class above. I pick up a copy of the OOP and realize Marin Cilic is playing Sergiy Stakhovsky on Court 1. Knowing Marin as I do, it’s clear his need will be greater.

11.11 a.m. - Settle into a mainly deserted Court 1. With the blue and green walls and various susurrations of machinery, it’s like being underwater. Cilic is facing break points right, left and centre in the second set. I watch and try to understand how, with all that game and his physical gifts, he isn’t a permanent fixture in the Top 10. The charitable interpretation is that he still has a way to go.

11.51 a.m. - The first gut-wrenching choice of a packed day’s play confronts me; to leave Cilic now seems tantamount to abandonment, but Roddick has just served out the match and Djokovic will be next on centre. The thought of Djokovic’s traditional Bercy entrance in a Halloween mask makes up my mind for me.

11.53 a.m. - The James Bond music and light show somehow doesn’t seem so inappropriate when the one being introduced is Djokovic.

11.55 a.m. - He’s not wearing a Halloween mask! I abandoned Cilic for this?!

12.10 p.m. - Monaco is hitting the ball exceptionally cleanly, absorbing and redirecting pace effortlessly. Djokovic, on the other hand, doesn’t look fully awake and his game as yet has no bite. It’s a predictable early break for Monaco, and we eat our first ficelles and settle in for a long match.

But part of being a champion is having the wherewithal to change the flow of play when the match isn’t going your way. Djokovic starts by attacking the net, forcing an edge of aggression into his play. Monaco is left stranded and looking ordinary, confronting the limitations of his game. The elderly French couple behind us are swiftly sighing ooh la la . . . after each point.

Match point comes and just like that, Monaco is leaving the court disregarded while Djokovic earns a huge roar of applause for speaking to the crowd in French. When he hits the ball into the stands, a white-haired gentlemen plucks it from the air in a neat disply of left-handed fielding, then hands it proudly to his teenage daughter. At least we hope she’s his daughter.

Andy 1.55 p.m. - Murray and Nalbandian are underway. We have a lovely view of Murray’s unbelievable defense, and a perfect one of Nalbandian’s sharp, lethal mid-court volleys. I abandon journalistic impartiality, resign myself to being publicly British, and give it some . . . C’mon Andy!

He doesn’t. He’s punching his strings, looking distinctly unhappy with life. I should be despairing, but I’m finding it impossible not to rejoice in Nalbandian’s stunning play, forehands into the corners as flat and precise as bullets, lobs on the run that seem laser-targeted. The Argentine is utterly in control.

The worst part about live tennis is how a favourite’s defeat can impact your day. My friend is rapidly descending into the blackest of moods while I try to persuade her there’s still hope. Murray follows in Djokovic’s footsteps by finding another gear to his game. He starts the second set with consecutive serve and volleys and makes the most of his own excellent net skills. At least he’s trying to do something different, I tell my friend. She grunts something unintelligible. There’s a reason that he’s good, I say to her (but mostly to myself). There’s a reason that he’s good.

3.00 p.m. - And there it is. Nalbandian’s level drops and Murray steals the second set out from under him. Having demonstrated that he can survive a period of less-than-spectacular play and still find himself well in the match, the momentum is always in his favour in the third set, and even a painful wrist can’t prevent him from reaching the next round. By the end, Nalbandian looks impotent and furious.

4.01 p.m. - I have finally found the secret smoking area by the river. My joy is tempered by the news that while I have been watching the tennis, Amelie Mauresmo has been in the press centre. Not all choices work out for the best.

4.13 p.m. - Rather than listen to the drums for Llodra, I decide to prove my theory that doubles on Court 2 is the hot ticket, opting for Ljubicic and Cilic against the Bryan brothers. Maybe I’m seeing them on an off day, but I’m not that impressed by the Bryans. All the while, the Croatians were more charimsatic. They alternate hitting eye-catching winners with ugly misses, and laugh with each other and their coaches.

The Bryans are poker-faced, communicating in monosyllables - “yeah?” “Right.” “Dude.” “Yeah.” But in the crucial moments, they summon their best play with the assurance that comes with the mastery of their craft.

The Croatians push them hard, but lose by the narrowest of margins in two tiebreak sets. As we leave the court, a Bryan says to me, “Thanks for watching,” with such sincerity that I take back at least half the negative things I’ve ever said about them.

5.58 p.m. The magic of live tennis. A match that you thought was going to be merely a pleasant way of passing the time becomes the most absorbing thing you’ve seen all day. David Ferrer and Fabio Fognini on a packed Court 1 are locked in a battle that’s compelling from the start, not least because of the similarities in their style of play.

Between points, Ferrer paces the baseline with grim determination, round-shouldered and never still; Fognini has a cocky strut, he's a Ken doll to Ferrer’s Energizer bunny. When a rally starts, however, they trade hammer blows from the baseline, running what seems like miles in a single point. They trade breaks, then split sets; Ferrer bellows in frustration like a wounded bull, while Fognini lets loose streams of Italian invective, helpfully translated and thus rendered unrepeatable by our acquaintance from Milan.

7.02 p.m. - Into a third set, and the spectators are leaving in droves to take their seats for Federer-Gasquet, but we and a few others are staying at our posts like the band on the Titanic.

Ferrer is still unable to read the Fognini serve or eliminate the unforced errors from his game, but he seems to play better—or at any rate run faster—the longer the match goes on. He throws himself bodily into his forehands so that his feet rise high above the surface. This is a player who makes his living punching above his weight, and attempting to out-Ferrer Ferrer can only take Fognini so far.

When match point comes and goes, it’s the Spaniard waving and basking in the fervent applause. The TV coverage might have cut away to more glamorous climes, and he doesn’t get the light show, but a different James Bond theme comes to mind—Nobody Does It Better. Ferrer may not be the best player in the world, but he’s proved once again that he’s the best at what he does.

8.13 p.m. - Still buzzing, we secure tickets for tomorrow—we haven’t had nearly enough of this—and take our seats on centre court. Federer already leads Gasquet by a set and a break, and despite the packed arena and hypnotic drum beat between points, there’s nothing here that can match the intensity of what we’ve just witnessed.

9.57 p.m. - Soderling has taken the first set without doing very much, and it’s obvious that the frisson has left the building for the day. We decide to do the same.

10.18 p.m. - Disembarking the metro at Chatelet, we’re accosted by an unsavory gentleman who persists in trying to set up a rendez-vous. So much for James Bond.

11.05 p.m. - Back to our tiny, rented apartment. And now, to write …


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Posted by x-fan 11/12/2010 at 08:53 AM

Ok sorry for the double past, eww...

Posted by x-fan 11/12/2010 at 08:54 AM

I know Kristy! I should learn to keep my big mouth shut!

Break back Andy!

Posted by x-fan 11/12/2010 at 08:55 AM

Sorry that should have been addressed to Heather! :)

Posted by x-fan 11/12/2010 at 08:57 AM

Long rally with both players being tentative but finally Andy drawing the error for a BP

Posted by sokol 11/12/2010 at 08:59 AM

video with Marat who gave a tour of Moscow for Pat Cash
http://www.gotennis.ru/news/?p=55761

(unfortunately I can't watch the video until I get home)

and some thoughts about Kremlin Cup by Marat:
"Q: There are rumors that Moscow beautiful girls are going to the stadium specially to see Safin and after the matches are over they're waiting to seek to meet you.
Marat: Not true. I would like for at least one beautiful girl waiting for me somewhere at the exit of the building.
Q:During Eltsyn's time is it true that players only could withdraw from Kremlin Cup only with serious injury?
Marat: Yes, absolutely true. Otherwise it didn't look right- president is in the stands, rooting for you and you decide to withdraw.
Q: There are rumors that all tennis stars started as ball boys?
Marat: I'm not sure about all, but I was a ball boy. Once in the 90s older brother of Youzhny and I were late to the SF of Kremlin Cup because sponsors were given away free t-shirts and baseball hats in the hall, well, they kicked us out from ball boys because we were late. Also, I remember, when the match was over, there were left Coke and Sprite cans. And we, as ball boys, were stealing them and then were boasting in front of each other who has more."

:-))

link to the interview if anyone wants to read the rest, it is in Russian
http://www.gotennis.ru/news/?p=55750

Posted by GB 11/12/2010 at 08:59 AM

Andy:((( Breakback! C'mon. bp!! But saved:((

Yeah, Jackson, I know how consistently Rafa's been arguing about the need to shorten the season. Unlike you, though, I was too lazy to look around beyond the most recent quote I remember:)

Posted by Kristy 11/12/2010 at 09:01 AM

Crap. Robin with the first set. Can Andy grind it out? Sod's serve seems shaky.

Posted by Heather 11/12/2010 at 09:01 AM

Ugh, had a break point and everything, bummer. Livescore is on about a 10 minute delay today....

Posted by x-fan 11/12/2010 at 09:02 AM

C'mon Andy you can still do this!

Posted by jackson 11/12/2010 at 09:03 AM

Oops, just reading back and I see that I misunderstood some of the posts. Darn TypePad is giving me a hassle and it keeps telling me some of my data is not acceptable and it takes a bit of cursing and kicking until it lets me post. But you guys were talking about Rafa not saying anything about the IMF betting snafu, not the schedule. Oh well. It gave me a chance to brush up on my google skills. :)

x-fan, you're right. Rafa has quite a stretch in there where he has a ton of points to defend. I'd love to see him do it but it might be too much to ask for him to defend them all so yes, it should get interesting next summer and Fed isn't backing off.

I'm finding the streams of this Paris tournament hard to watch as the perspective of their cameras seems to really distort the size of the court. It almost looks like the court is square instead of rectangular and it's difficult to get a feel for the pace and the length of the shots. I know the fixed camera angle of a lot of the telecasts makes the court look smaller but it seems particularly exaggerated this week.

Posted by GB 11/12/2010 at 09:03 AM

Gah - no going down an early break Andy!

Posted by Samantha Elin, Caro 2010 YE #1 11/12/2010 at 09:03 AM

The mighty Vikings are storming the WTA and ATP. Kom igen Robin, Kom sa Caro. First set to the mighty Swede!

Posted by Roddick fan from Virginia 11/12/2010 at 09:04 AM

Come on Andy. I really would like to see leave Paris ranked #6 or better.

Posted by GB 11/12/2010 at 09:06 AM

:((

Posted by Kristy 11/12/2010 at 09:06 AM

Not looking good for Andy. Losing serve his first game second set... bleah.

Posted by Heather 11/12/2010 at 09:09 AM

Lost serve already? He's had a great two weeks after coming back from injury and he qualified for London so that's a plus. If he loses today it won't be that terrible.

Posted by Black Matt 11/12/2010 at 09:11 AM

It would suck if he lost though considering it would be almost an open road to the final. He's never made it past the semis in Paris.

Posted by Kristy 11/12/2010 at 09:11 AM

Yay Andy! Break him!

Posted by jackson 11/12/2010 at 09:12 AM

Shoot. Andy had a chance there. It's not looking good for him.

Posted by sokol 11/12/2010 at 09:16 AM

just read about the incident in Basel and I'm surprised. I thought Roger is well liked there, football fans can be rough

Posted by Kristy 11/12/2010 at 09:18 AM

sokol, what do you mean? Roger, football fans?

Posted by wilson75 11/12/2010 at 09:25 AM

sokol: It wasn't against Roger per se but the TV station as they moved the match to midday so that they could show the tennis at 3. Roger has said he understood their feelings and he thought it was funny.

Posted by sisu 11/12/2010 at 09:25 AM

Ruth @8.36am “Also, I could see the "usual suspects" at TW and elsewhere accusing Rafa of actually wanting to bring more attention to an unpleasant incident involving Roger if he did comment.”

I don’t see how projecting the possibility of negative reactions helps anything or that it’s a good reason for keeping silent. Rafa comes across to me as a positive person and his sincerity in his support of someone has been demonstrated, as GB noted, with Nikolay and Reeshie.


Jackson - sorry you did all that work. GB’s post was sufficient for me.

Posted by Master Ace 11/12/2010 at 09:25 AM

Is it possible that some football fans came from places around the world expecting to see the game at that time since they may have their airline reservations shortly after the game?

Posted by Master Ace 11/12/2010 at 09:26 AM

Delete the 9:25 AM post....

Posted by freddy 11/12/2010 at 09:31 AM

NP - thanks for responding. You're dead right on the short shrift given to S/V coaching at the junior levels. My son's 8 1/2 yrs and he's currently playing state level u-10. He likes S/V and has a natural forward movement...he also wants to play a 1HBH...but all the coaches have told him play double handed, and stay on the baseline. .

Esp. at the junior level, they develop their groundstrokes much quicker - so I can see myself that if my son were to get forward, he'd be losing a lot of points...Takes time to develop.

But I do think court surfaces are slower. Wimbly being most obvious. Clay has been pretty much the same. And it does have a role to play, IMO.

Posted by sisu 11/12/2010 at 09:35 AM

Jackson, reading back, I just saw your 9.03am. But as you say, on a positive note, increased google skills!

Posted by Jay 11/12/2010 at 09:38 AM

Karen--Sometimes when a person makes a move, they get a sign that the decison and timing were just right. Seems like it was meant to be for you!

Wish I'd gotten a personalized message in my book!

Posted by Kristy 11/12/2010 at 09:40 AM

My stream froze; by the time I got one back, Sod had won. Ugghh.

Posted by wilson75 11/12/2010 at 09:42 AM

Sorry Roddick fans. The good thing is he accomplished what he wanted to do and that was to qualify for London.

Posted by Kristy 11/12/2010 at 09:44 AM

True, Wilson75. Also, congrats to Sod fans.

Posted by Andrew 11/12/2010 at 09:44 AM

Roddick does go gentle into that good night - well, good early afternoon, Paris time.

Congratulations to Soderling fans, commiserations to Roddick fans. Key stat: Soderling won 64% of Roddick's second serve points. Soderling won 77/62, or 55% to 45%. Clean kill.

Roddick won't feel his efforts have been in vein, but not for the first time I was a bit bemused by his tactics. In the second set, I saw him standing yards behind the baseline, and hitting high, spinny topspin FHs. No disrespect to Roddick, but he doesn't hit as heavy as Nadal, and Soderling has shown that he can cudgel that kind of shot in the past. So it proved here - Soderling could tee off with his own flat slapper of a FH to the ad corner.

Posted by Heather 11/12/2010 at 09:45 AM

Thanks, Wilson! It's okay and you're right, the goal had been to qualify for London. Although it would have been nice for him to beat the Sod, since I'm not a fan in the least.

Posted by wilson75 11/12/2010 at 09:46 AM

Yeah, congrats to Soderling fans, he's looking good to reach his first Masters final.

Posted by Ruth 11/12/2010 at 09:46 AM

"I don’t see how projecting the possibility of negative reactions helps anything or that it’s a good reason for keeping silent."

It might not be a "good reason," sisu, but I wouldn't be surprised if it isn't a VERY frequently used reason for not volunteering to say anything about a topic -- from a player's injury or fatigue to his/her feelings about a controversy (even an apparent tempest in a teapot) involving a fellow player.

Posted by CWATC 11/12/2010 at 09:47 AM

I really think it's shame that things didn't work out w/ Sampras and the USTA; I could see a guy like him having the cojones to insist on some s/v skills. I wonder what will be going on in McEnroe's new academy.

Posted by wilson75 11/12/2010 at 09:48 AM

Heather: I agree, even though I had Soderling beating Roddick because he won their 2 previous indoor matches.

Posted by wilson75 11/12/2010 at 09:50 AM

CWATC: Sampras and USTA would've worked out because there would be a clashing of egos and differences in philosophies.

Posted by sf 11/12/2010 at 09:52 AM

sod fans appreciate all the love!

commies randy fans. your man is in london, and that should be consoling given how difficult his year has been.

Posted by sf 11/12/2010 at 09:57 AM

wilson75,

robin soderling cut his teeth on indoor fast courts. it's his bread and butter. he's done well to scale his talent to slower surfaces, including slaying the king of clay in 2009 when nobody gave him a dog's chance.

Posted by CWATC 11/12/2010 at 10:00 AM

wilson, absolutely right on that. maybe i meant more like, it's a shame Sampras won't go coach some juniors!

just saw that stats for the Roddick/Sod match; it appears these two players had a COMBINED total of 8 net points for the match. 2 guys of that size, with serves like that, on what's supposedly a fast court, that's just sad.

Posted by wilson75 11/12/2010 at 10:02 AM

sf: I'm aware of Soderling record indoors. I actually had him reaching the SF losing to Djokovic. Given yesterday's turn of events I think he could reach the finals now.

Posted by wilson75 11/12/2010 at 10:04 AM

CWATC: I don't know if Sampras has the patience to coach anyone far less juniors. If he really wanted to do that, he would be doing it already.

Posted by Roddick fan from Virginia 11/12/2010 at 10:09 AM

Congrats to Robin's fans and comissirations to my fellow Andy fans. I'm glad Andy appears healthy and made London, but I would have liked for him to have made the finals here and gotten a chance at a win. Robin has a good chance here. If he fails here he may never get another.

Posted by Roddick fan from Virginia 11/12/2010 at 10:09 AM

Congrats to Robin's fans and comissirations to my fellow Andy fans. I'm glad Andy appears healthy and made London, but I would have liked for him to have made the finals here and gotten a chance at a win. Robin has a good chance here. If he fails here he may never get another.

Posted by Texastennis 11/12/2010 at 10:10 AM

CWATC - apart from all the above good points, there is no evidence whatsoever that Sampras has any ability to teach juniors or anyone else. Being great at something doesn't mean you have the aptitude to convey that to anyone else.
I don't think he really wants to coach anyway - he's said several times that he's found retirement hard (a very common phenomenon among former pro athletes) and he seems a bit lacking focus so I think he's really looking for something to focus on but doesn't really know what.

Oh dear about Andy. Sorry to see that.

Posted by brewer 11/12/2010 at 10:10 AM

CWATC, I agree Novak's English is faboulus, I envy him for that :) Regarding Fed, I have alwyas found his French as the, relatively, weakest link, though I would give my half arm to be able to speak French as Fed does.

Anyway, big congrats to Robin, I hope he will be able to reach the final. Actually, I secretly hope he will be able to do more than "just" reach it.

Kom igen Robin, and all that :)

Posted by CWATC 11/12/2010 at 10:18 AM

Guys, I didn't mean my Sampras comment that seriously :)

I agree he might not be a great coach. Just meant that at least he could share w/ kids his own experience that he didn't do all that well as a junior b/c of using that time to develope an s/v game, but how it worked out in the long term. Seems that's the perpective that's missing by coaches who want instant results.

Anyway, just hope that regardless of who it is there are some coaches out there w/ some vision who connect w/ some talented kids and teach them some skills.

Posted by yello fuzzy 11/12/2010 at 10:21 AM

Hidee Ho
interesting match up so far.
Davydenko has to be the most nondescript tennis player ever. A caricature of him would be a circle with 2 dots for eyes and a line for the mouth...he is the 'stick figure' incarnate.

Posted by Texastennis 11/12/2010 at 10:30 AM

Gosh the language thing still going on! As a European who's lived in the US for a long time, I agree it's only Americans who are amazed by the idea a regular person can speak more than one language. Thus I don't find Federer amazing in this regard, and I think more than two languages is very common about tennis players who have often lived in many places. It's carping to criticize his French though - my other languages (yes I have three languages too!) I'm sure include the odd mistake or infelicity. I've noticed native English speakers sometimes have that problem in English too though:-)

Posted by brewer 11/12/2010 at 10:39 AM

Don't know, I find the language discussion way better then any of the FEDAL wars and GOAT debacles. It's pretty harmless and actually quite interesting. Tough maybe it's just me:)

Unfortunately the matches in Bercy haven't been the best quality-wise, hope things pick up soon. Altough it was good to see Cilic yesterday, he might have lost, but it was the first time for months when I could actually see the player who was in the SF in AO. I hope he will be able to move forward again, his struggle in the last five or six months was painful.

Posted by wilson75 11/12/2010 at 10:41 AM

Texastennis: The moral of the story is that everybody should learn at least one other language then everybody would stop being amazed by people speaking more than one language. As I said earlier, I'm tired of the GLOAT talk. This is my last comment on the issue.

Posted by CWATC 11/12/2010 at 10:43 AM

This thread is over anyway, but I have to say it's interesting to see how many polyglots we have over here at TW, even among the "gulp" americans (or american residents). I wouldn't predict that someone w/ a user name like "texastennis" speaks 3 languages, but that just goes to show. I'm american and speak 4 myself tho' none particularly well at the moment.

I guess it makes sense for fans of such an international sport.

Posted by zenggi 11/12/2010 at 10:45 AM

Hey, everyone.

First congratulations to Robins and his fans -special mention to sf!
Commisserations to Andy and his fans. London is secured.

Current match is already 5-all. Has Kolya shrunk? First time I'll be watching him play for ages. I'd like though for Michaël to win as he did in Rotterdam two years ago.

Posted by temes 11/12/2010 at 10:46 AM

Impressive win by Soderling! I think that guy is a one slam wonder in the making.

Posted by Master Ace 11/12/2010 at 10:47 AM

Gauloises has done another report from Bercy. Lets move match calls on to that thread...

Posted by Tuulia 11/12/2010 at 10:55 AM

Like I said earlier, I didn't even think there was much "GLOAT talk", just discussing various language issues, which several people happen to find interesting. I assumed when "GLOAT" was mentioned it was a joke, anyway, since that's not what the discussion was about. Amazing how differently people see things.

And brewer, it's definitely better than GOAT stuff and Fedal wars, both of them pointless, always escalating to near violence and done to death.

Texastennis, I agree, no need for perfection in foreign - or indeed own :) - languages. Complaining about Roger's French is silly (sounds fab to me, but then my own is bad), and so is complaining about Rafa's English. In my opinion the skill in a foreign language is good when the person is able to adequately communicate with others. People who aren't translators etc. don't need fab skills, and I for one admire people who are fearlessly talking in a language they are not fluent in, not worrying about embarrassing themselves or being laughed at - like Rafa did years ago when his English was elementary; he was still talking, and has improved lots.

Posted by Tuulia 11/12/2010 at 10:56 AM

This Llodra guy, hmm...

Posted by sf 11/12/2010 at 10:58 AM

hello dear zenggi.

thanks for the congrats. good day in the office for my man, and i hope your man is fine from that twisted ankle yesterday. melzer is playing well, so watch out ;)

Posted by sf 11/12/2010 at 10:59 AM

llodra seems to be on a mission ...

Posted by Jay 11/12/2010 at 11:00 AM

Perhaps Federer has received so much attention for his linguistic prowess because its rare to have a dominant #1 player with those skills (no competition from Sampras in this respect). No doubt that there are many other players who, because of their parentage, nationalities (often w/more than one official language), and their nation's proximity to other countries w/diverse languages, are conversant in several tongues. But most of those players are not called on as much as Federer has been to address audiences and the press.

I recall several writers and commentators mentioning that Federer's language skills made him a natural "ambassador" for the sport. In sports, that honorific is usually reserved for the top players. Its nice that so many others could do as well in that category, but, they'd have to begin to approach Federer's accomplishments before most of us would know it.

Posted by zenggi 11/12/2010 at 11:02 AM

sf,
Hey. I couldn't watch the match but I've been following the SB for a while. I'm really glad for Robin. You know I don't give praises when they aren't deserved en/or appreciated. :)
Melzer must be quite content how he is playing but his run must stop today. I mean, Roger needs this title more.
I'm going to the other thread. Are you joining us there?

Posted by sf 11/12/2010 at 11:07 AM

zenggi, i'm s/b'ing too, thanks to the good ol' j-o-b!

and oh mee gawd, gaulioises has a new one out? see you there - haha.

Posted by CL 11/12/2010 at 11:17 AM

Jay - I think that is a very good point. And also why Rafa might want to consider giving pressers in both English and Spanish. There is a very large Spanish speaking population out there who might love to here what he says in their own language. I think I remember Pete Bodo writing once, back when Rafa was less conversant in English but still way great conversant in tennis, that sometimes a translator would sit in on the pressers helping Rafa understand the Eng. questions and form his answers. Well, not that he is a good deal better in English and even better better at tennis, why NOT do two? The world's number 1 player speaking to the world in one of its most important and spoken language would be great for tennis.

(Please, please, please!!! NOT a criticism! Just a suggestion/idea. No Fedal warriors need apply.)

Posted by Jay 11/12/2010 at 11:23 AM

I agree, CL. Sometimes winners will ask (a la Schiavone) for a moment to address their home audiences in their native tongue. I was surprised that Nadal does not do that. There are many Spanish-speaking natives in New York, too.

Again--not a criticism. :))

Posted by Texastennis 11/12/2010 at 11:30 AM

CWATC - English, French and Italian I'm fine in. It's Texan I haven't mastered:-)

Posted by Tuulia 11/12/2010 at 11:31 AM

Eh? What are you talking about? Rafa does Spanish pressers all the time, of course he does. *confused*

Posted by jodiecate 11/12/2010 at 09:59 PM

Hi people, thanks for the welcomes!!
x-fan (from 08:39) i do SO agree with you about seeing Fed & Rafa back to their best simultaneously, it's quite exciting - am hoping they get to play each other more next year as well. At least there's their exho matches coming up - but it's not quite the same.

Do agree with you Jackson that the streams make the court look small, it's kind of funny - like they're not gonna have enuf room to get the job done!!

*whispers* wilson75, Sod was at the WTF last year, it's not his first time

yellow fuzzy (from 10.21am) i hav to disagree about Davydenko, end of '09 beginning '10 he was "Mr Personality", remember???

Tuulia (11:31) my sentiments precisely!!

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