Well, well, it looks like Roger just pulled the same trick he played in the Spring – losing in two Masters events in a row to the same player (Canas in Indian Wells and Miami and now Nalbandian in Madrid and Paris.) This time it was slightly less of a shock – we all know how good Nalbandian can be, and his record against Rog (now 8-8) is one of the best among the current crop of players (Nadal bests the Argie with his 8-5 record, and Canas still has a positive differential at 3-2.)
I reached a personal best this evening – I didn’t peek once at the scoreline, even though Roger lost the first set. It was tough in the second, but I held firm. It’s easier to watch my guy lose to Nalbandian, a grizzly veteran, than to some projectile-like nineteen-year-old on a tear.
Nalby really showed his street smarts out there. I call him the Slammer – he plays like he’s slamming doors shut on the baseline – Bam! Bam! with his backhand, Slam! with his serve. It’s crazy to think he’s never won a Masters Series event (not Masters Cup) until two weeks ago, and now he’s in the running for two in a row. Too bad he can’t get into the Masters Cup this year, because as an enlightened Fed fan, I’d love to see Rog take him out on such a big occasion.
I would be freaking right now, but part of me is a teeny bit relieved. Overplaying leads to injury, fatigue and disinterest, and three weeks in a row for the No. 1 is pushing it. Especially with the Masters Cup just ten days away.
See, I’m a model Roger fan – accepting his weaknesses, looking on the bright side. . .not panicking, nope, not even a little bit. . .