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WTF Day One: Nosebleeds & Brain Cramps

Posted by gauloises1 on November 23, 2009

Highly entertaining day of tennis at the 02 to kick off the WTFs. I wasn’t convinced about the Dome-that-was as a tennis venue, but it looks amazing. And how about 17,500 tickets sold? Get in.

Andy Murray d. Juan Martin del Potro, 63 36 62

This one looked like a non-starter as Murray went 4-0 up and Delpo required treatment for a nosebleed after three games. (His explanation of it, incidentally, was brilliant, and according to the BBC, it’s a frequent problem. I did not know that.) 

 

He fought back from 1-5 to drop the first set 3-6, and continued ratcheting up his game in the second set. He looked, in fact, more like himself than he has done since the US Open. Love it.

Murray, however, played generally clean and consistent tennis and Delpo was just too patchy in the end.

And Murray got the chance to show off his moves in front of the home crowd. We like that.

Roger Federer d. Fernando Verdasco, 46 75 61

I think this one was painful no matter where you were sitting. Federer started off shambolically and Verdasco … well, you may have noticed I’ve never been his biggest fan, but I think that would change if he always played the way he did today. I’ve never seen him play with such well-founded confidence, which just seemed to erase the problems he often has with his shot selection. He was calm, tenacious and aggressive when required, hanging on to his early break to take the first set 64 and looking like the better player for much of the second.

It seemed a bit too good to be true and it was. Verdasco missed chances and half-chances to break, and at 5-6 down, played an atrocious service game which cost him the set. What followed was as close to a complete collapse as you are likely to see from any player, and although Verdasco prevented the bagel, it was pretty much a calm march to victory for Federer from then on. One’s heart actually bled for Verdasco – at least mine did; to have played so beautifully and then disintegrated so completely is just, ouch.

So Federer and Murray lead Group A with two wins; it’s become that much harder for Nadal to reclaim the no. 1 ranking in 2009; Verdasco took his first ever set off Federer; and del Potro still hasn’t won a big match since the US Open. And I kind of love the WTFs.

13 Responses to “WTF Day One: Nosebleeds & Brain Cramps”

  1. Maria said

    Was so nervous watching that, then the nosebleed happened and I was like shit, what’s wrong with him is he ill??! Kinda giggled at the crowd letting out a collective ewww when the bloody cotton wool was pulled out. Poor soul. LMAO at Delpo’s explanation for the nosebleed, last time I had a nosebleed I was in an exam, rotten timing just like here.

    I knew Murray would take this, but still wanted DP to win. Glad that he did fight back to take the second set at least. I Thought it was cute him giving the little boy a small pat on the head.

  2. irefusetotellyou said

    Despite the loss, hopefully this match’ll give Delporino some confidence. And a chance to shake off some rustiness and/or spare cotton balls still lodged up his nose.

    Whatever, I’d still take off my shirt and stick it up his nose if he asked. Anything for a JMDP souvenir! (Blood, sweat, tears. All 3? JACKPOT!)

    And too bad about Fernando getting crushed in the 3rd set — he was really playing fantastic in the 1st. I still wanted Roger to win, but … hm.

  3. AmyLu said

    The tennis today made me quite cranky to be honest. I really thought, once the Elf found his range toward the end of the first, that he’d win. And, while I was pleased to see him regain some of his form, I still can’t quite wrap my mind around the third set. He seemed in complete control…and then the next thing I knew, Murray was serving for the match.

    And I will give Verdasco credit for taking a set, but throughout the entire match, I felt like that atrocious service game was just inevitable. It came later than I was expecting, but that was really the only surprise to me.

  4. Jess said

    Poor Elf. *hug*

    Now go crush Roger again!

  5. imtotallyrad said

    oh poor juanito i had to get up at 5am to watch this match and i nearly choked on my weet-bix when i flicked it on only to discover he was 5-0 in the opening set, i thought his ‘stomache issues’ might have returned and he was going to retire, but then he fought back and made me happy for a period of time, but then he lost =( but then i realised its round robin so he didnt ‘officially lose’ so i was kind of like “oh well thats…ok?”

    but i missed the bloody nose part, i did find is explanation amusing.

    and i fell asleep half way through the verdasco federer affair but was shocked when i woke up towards the end to see verdasco being schooled so badly by fed in the last set, he played muy bien to start with and i thought papa fed might be in trouble but apparently not.

    i also am think WTFs = FTW =D

  6. harini said

    Stupid Fernando. I watched one game and then had to turn the TV off and then…well, I found out the result. *Is crabby*

    And now Rafa just got broken back. WTFs are pleasing me to no end.

    /done being crabby now. Sorry, it’s a Monday and the tennis news is blah this morning. But on the bright side, Bhupathi/Knowles won in dubs, so that made me happy.

  7. lauren said

    I’m back. London is way too far away.
    – O2 is the perfect size venue, it’s packed to the rafters with enthusiastic fans and when they got the hang of timing their graphics it got kinda funky. Though I don’t think Murray much liked having ‘Set Point’ flashing round the arena when he’s already missed a few. They also need to oil that door that whistles constantly like an old man’s nose. Totally distracting.
    – the blue lighting in there makes players look like walking corpses. Andy had a phosphoric glow. Fed looked jaundiced.
    – I was sat 5 rows behind Mirka’s head. When a stray ball came our way and my man was hoping to catch it, Mirka neatly caught it. Oi!! Mirka! You stole my ball!
    – Mirka looks lovely in person.
    – The nosebleed incident – totally gruesome on a huge screen. Especially when the trainer stuck his finger back up there for a clean-up.
    – I’ve never seen Fed so tetchy and miserable. Kicking imaginary fluff off the floor, grumbling, moaning to his team, sighing. I’m guessing something about the practice time allotted but whatever it was, he was like a petulant school prefect. Maybe it was the whistling door.
    – Elf’s forehand is unbelievable. Breathtaking, even. People were gasping.
    – the floor seems really sticky and squeaks like a rubber ducky.
    – the crowds for Jo-Willy on the practice court were huge. That boy has the X Factor.

    Tips for anyone going:
    – crowd control sucks. 16,000 stuck in a log jam after the first session. Took 90 minutes to get to food.
    – security sucks big time. Photographers beware, they impound your camera. Well, only if it fits some vague criteria which basically means if you use more than a crappycam you’re in trouble. They’ll tell you it’s bigger than 35mm, but don’t even know what that means. Hey, it’s digital, guys! They even take the lens cap off for ‘inspection’. After arguing with 5 security guys for the start of the Elf/Murray match, I gave up, then smuggled it in next round. Take it out of its case, make it look small, hide your long lens. Make out you’re not really sure how to use it. Don’t use entrance H. On the other hand, if you’re one of those idiots who doesn’t know how to turn the auto flash off, no problem. Go right in. Use it in the server’s sightline. Bah!

  8. Maria said

    Encore, encore! :)Glad Elf’s forehand was even more breathtaking in the flesh.

  9. imtotallyrad said

    excuse my aussie ignorance buuut what is/was the O2 arena used for when its not tennis? because quite alot of people are talking about it and im all confused?

    • lauren said

      Don’t worry, I’m confused and I’m British. The O2 is the new name for the Millenium Dome, built for the big 00 New Year bash and one of the more expensive white elephants ever paid for by the British taxpayer. Had a brief moment of glory in a Bond film. The stadium sits in a corner of the dome, and there’s also a street full of restaurants, a funfair, cinema, exhibition space etc. It’s huge.

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