4 Responses

  1. JC says:

    Watching the post match interview, I suddenly became completely mesmerized by his left eyebrow… it really has a life of it’s own!

  2. Ch F says:

    No dots in the signature ;-) Strange that he didn’t chase down some of those balls but then again he probably thought he could afford not to. Some good winners there but having read the statistics I take it the video shows pretty much all of them.
    On to Isner, Rafa!

  3. Fay says:

    Well I watched the match and after a reasonably bright start from Rafa he was challenged a little bit, the young Ukranian was playing fearless tennis and going for his shot, but most importantly I noticed that he had alot of success today hitting his inside out forehand to Rafa’s forehand, rather like Roddick in Miami? in the second set, there were quite a few nervous errors from Rafa and apart from a few shots of brilliance he looked a bit slower today than usual, I hope its because you know first match on the court where he nearly killed himself last year only to lose against Fed in the final, (bad memories) from there on, coupled with the pressure of Ronaldo and co coming in during the first set which I think made him feel a little more pressure to do well, just my theory of course but it wasn’t all round his best match. The 3-4 games he had to fend off many points from dueuce in typically nail biting Rafa style, his serve when it got going got him out of trouble alot.

  4. Fay says:

    Now I have colmed down abit, I think to be honest one can be a little disrespectful of qualifiers and that they are always dangerous being they can just come out swinging and going for their shots after all what have they got to lose? its easy to critisize Rafa for not being his usual brilliant self but 1 he didn’t know his opponents game, 2 his opponent was self assured and all I have addressed above, 3 he had the advantage of having 0 pressure where’s Rafa’s is huge by comparison and part of being a great champion is to pull out the stops when you aren’t at the top of your game that day, Rafa was facing an energetic all out there and fearless opponent today that just completely went for it and he held on well when the going got tough, should he have made it tougher for his opponent? maybe but prehaps he is trying not to exert himself early on, after all this was the place last year where the final damage was done so one cannot blame him for being cautious, I believe that he will not want to risk anything for RG this year and will take nothing for granted, prehaps that was why he didn’t run for every shot, he probably thought that he didn’t need to.