I’m choosing not to dwell on Roger’s freakish loss today to Gonzo (couldn’t pick a nicer guy to lose to, though, I’ll give Rog that.) It was a damn good match – my husband was sitting next to me, yelling “Holy S*!t” after every point. When Gonzo’s being Gonzo, well. . .it’s RIDICULOUS.
Roger played great, too – what more can be said?
If you do want to dwell a bit more, I highly recommend that you read this guy’s take on Roger’s recent slump. I think he might have a point about staying away from Pete.
What I really want to talk about is the Davydenko-Roddick match. There’s something about Roddick – whether he wins or loses, when he plays against a talented player he tends to show off their talents. I think it’s because his game is so straightforward that it encourages his opponents to play to their strengths and not worry too much about messing with his. Roddick’s matches against fellow top ten-ers always have some suspense – he’s capable of winning easily or losing inexplicably. I’m happy he won today but I am worried that it took him 3 sets. He has to be healthy to play Davis Cup.
Kolya, Kolya, Kolya. Why am I suddenly feeling tender towards you? Could it be that all of these scandals and accusations that you are suffering through have actually made you more likable? Is that why I suddenly enjoy watching you play? Your backhand down the line is absolutely fantastic – I love how low you get, how much torque you create in your trunk, how the ball moves down the line like a puck on ice. And your celebrated movement! How could I have been so unimpressed before? If Roger is Baryshnikov, you are Fred Astaire – your feet move faster and do more in less space than should be humanly possible. And the way you get down to every ball, genuflecting like a devout altar boy – only Elena Dementieva can match your knee bends.
So far the Masters Cup is shaping up to be a humdinger – Roger’s got to earn it, Gonzo’s on a tear, Gasquet isn’t folding, Djokovic is, Nadal’s looking good – but not superhuman, Ferrer is holding his own, Roddick has a chance and Davy will finally get a chance to rest. The crowd is also lots of fun – they ooh and ahh at everything. And after weeks of Barry MacKay and the rest of the soporific Tennis Channel commentators, I’m even happy to be listening to Mary Joe and Cliff again.