Looking at an exciting Friday in Cincy with Fish vs. Murray, Roddick vs. Djokovic, Federer vs. Davydenko and Nadal vs. Baghdatis in the quarterfinals. Murray, Nadal, Davydenko and Roddick all survived tough three set matches on Thursday while Fed has played a grand total of 37 minutes this week, with a retirement vs. Istomin in the 2nd round and a walkover vs Kohlschreiber on Thursday. Ace reporter and photographer Andrea Nay is treating us to her first-hand take. Check out more of her work at Andrea Nay Photojournalism: www.andreanayphoto.com.
By Andrea Nay
Thursday, August 19, 2010
For the record, Roger Federer may or may not have accomplished his popular trick shot Gillette ad in one take. “You know how it is with magicians,” he said with a sly grin in a post-match interview Wednesday night in Cincinnati. “They don’t tell how their tricks work.”
What he will tell you is the story behind his super chic, tailored, pastel pink shirt. Nike designed his 2010 threads last summer and suggested the classy shade just three weeks after his twin girls were born. “Sure,” he said. “Why not?” So far, he hasn’t received too much ribbing from the guys in the locker room. We think it looks fantabulous and quintessentially Roger.
Federer wasn’t the only one sporting pink this week. Rafael Nadal showed up with a trademark fluorescent version as he escaped Taylor Dent 6-2, 7-5 in Round 2 on Wednesday.
Someone on staff clearly has a sense of humor, as Shakira’s “Gypsy” blared on the Stadium Court sound system during changeovers. Knowing Rafa’s a little shy about his video appearance, we asked about his free time instead. It turns out he likes Broadway musicals in the leadup to the US Open but stays in his hotel room or plays golf when he’s in Cincy. Why? “The city is a little bit far.” Anyone in Ohio want to volunteer as his personal tour guide?
Nadal says he isn’t superstitious at all. “For sure not,” he says. “If you play well, you win; if you play bad, you lose. That’s all history in general.” About his chances to win his first US Open — the only Slam missing in his overflowing trophy case? “I am perfect mentally. . . . Physically I’m perfect. Give me two weeks to broke everything.”
Cincinnati’s hot summers have become synonymous with shirtless practice court photos. With Safin retired and Haas off-court recouperating, someone had to pick up the slack. Thanks to Fernando Verdasco for rising to the occasion earlier this week.
Rule #1 when shooting tennis: get clean backgrounds without fences. Rule #2: if Nando looks like this, ignore Rule #1.
Verdasco and his doubles partner Feliciano Lopez were both knocked out of the singles draw early, but they’ll take the court today in doubles action against Lukasz Kubot and Oliver Marach. (Ed. Note: they lost 6-4, 5-7, 10-4)
With Andrea’s sexy photos, I’m suddenly not feeling too sorry for the guys in the Cincy heat. Roddick vs. Djokovic should be downright juicy! Whoo hoo! (Towel!)