Why is it that whenever I’m strapped for time there are so many good matches on my Tivo? Yesterday I was laid up sick and had hours to waste, but was stuck with a bunch of yawners (Ancic v. Berdych was the most appealing!) But today, coming home late and with only an hour or two to spare, my Tivo offers up a smörgåsbord of tasty matches!
Murray v. Niemenen: I admit it, I’m an Andy Murray fan. It took me about 18 months of hating him to turn me around – he mopes, he’s a jerk off-court, and he sure ain’t much to look at. His game, however, with all its kinks and surprises, is so darn fun that I just don’t care anymore! How’s that for letting your game do the talking?
Wawrinka v. Chela: Definitely skippable – I saw this match-up live at the US Open. Chela looks better with no hair.
Djokovic v. Santoro: Shoot, I accidentally read about the surprising result earlier in the day. I watched some of this anyway, just to see how Santoro managed to pull it off. I hope Fed was watching, too, as it’s pretty obvious that spinny, pace-less balls are Djoky’s krytonite. Okay, and the kid was tired, but isn’t he always? No matter the excuses, this has been a nice couple of weeks for Santoro – scalping Roddick in Lyon last week and now Djoky in Paris. I think Santoro should be granted a standing wild card spot in the season ending Masters Cup – he always makes things interesting, especially for cocky top-ten players.
On a side note – I hope this result doesn’t encourage Novak to grow that awful goatee back!
Nadal v. Volandri: Didn’t watch this because I read that Nadal got through easily. Glad that he’s here and playing alright.
Gasquet v. Tsonga: Now we’re talking! I LOVE these two players. Jo-Wilfried has one of the best tennis names and is damn cute, but he’s also got some big game. I hope he can harness his talent a little more and chalk up some big results next year. Gasquet is obviously a favorite of tennis nerds like me, especially those of us with one-handed backhands. His is the best in the game, without a doubt – better than Justine’s, better than Amelie’s, better than Fed’s, and yes, even better than Pavel’s! I could watch this guy hit backhands all day long.
Rog v. Karlovic: I can tell you right now that I’m going to be knocked out on generic Benadryl before I can watch this. I peeked at the score, though. How strange – an Ivo match without tiebreaks! Too bad Rog had to weather a three-setter. I really wonder if he can stomach another week of match play. He’s usually too class to pull a “Davydenko” (I hope you can sense my intense sarcasm here – my mind’s still reeling from that whole debacle), but to make it to a Masters final in one week, win a tournament and secure the No. 1 ranking the next, and then try to go deep the following week in another Masters? The only thing keeping him going right now is his need for some good old fashioned REVENGE against Nalby in the next round. Now that’s a match I won’t fast-forward!