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RG Day Four: ‘ella, ‘ella, ‘ella

Posted by gauloises1 on May 26, 2010

Lots of this sort of thing in Paris today …

But hey, the weather here was beautiful.

The various rain delays held off Elena Dementieva’s match against Anabel Medina Garrigues until tomorrow, and John Isner’s match against Marco Chiudinelli, Marcos Baghdatis’ match against Marcel Granollers, and Andy Murray’s match against Juan Ignacio Chela were all called off for lack of light. Which is a shame, because I thought Andy was playing really well. He was also yelling at himself a lot but in a very focussed way. These are Good Signs.

Keep it going, Mandy.

But the grand prize for drama, nonsense and all-around coitus interruptus goes to Gael Monfils’ match against Fabio Fognini, which was called off at 5-5 in the fifth, the last two games being played in approximately these conditions:

The entire match was crazy. La Monf was leading by two sets to love, then by two breaks in the fourth after Fognini nicked the third, then was 0-3 down before fighting his way back to 4-4, at which point the tournament referee entered the fray indicating that play should be suspended for lack of light. Which, you know, it should. Monfils basically refused to stop and the crowd were naturally howling for more, so play continued after a good five or ten minutes of Fognini displaying his range of facial expressions (which eventually earned him a point penalty courtesy of Carlos Bernardes.)

It was utterly ridiculous, not least from Monfils, who may have wanted to preserve some momentum but had entirely lost it by the time play actually continued, when he saved three match points and started cramping before finally holding for 5-5. The crowd, meanwhile, were vociferously booing Fognini every time he won a point. An utter clusterfuck, and while not much can be done about the laws of nature which immutably decree that the sun sets and that the Roland Garros crowd will be gleefully vicious at every opportunity, the tournament referee who made the decision to play on should be fired, immediately.

Indeed.

10 Responses to “RG Day Four: ‘ella, ‘ella, ‘ella”

  1. AmyLu said

    The end of the Monfils/Fognini match was utterly absurd. The umpire should determine whether or not play continues, not a player. I felt very badly for Fognini, as I thought he was put in a very difficult position. It would have been so poetic if Fognini had broken Monfils to win the match (and I really wasn’t rooting for anyone during the match, but I am now a gung-ho Fognini fan).

  2. irefusetotellyou said

    Agreed agreed agreed with AmyLy — the whole thing is cuuuhraazeee. Why did they ultimately let Monfils make the call, and not Fognini? I mean, for them to continue, it seemed only reasonable that they would need BOTH players to agree.

    Anyway, I’m not going to say anything that hasn’t already been said, but GOO FOGNINI AND YOU CRAZY EYEBROWS! I only wish you could have won then and there, woulda been great.

    Also I wish we could look in the locker room after they (finally) left the court — bet Fognini was fuming like nobody’s bis.

  3. Jamie said

    I don’t think it’s the chair’s fault, as much as it’s the ATP’s fault for not allowing the Chair to make the final call.
    If there is an ATP rule about that, then it’s on the chair.
    And i feel sorry for Fognini. He was obviously pressured by Monfils and the crowd to continue.
    1000% support for Fognini (not that i ever liked monfils.)

  4. linz said

    This brought back lots of bad memories that further trauma had suppressed.

    Against all good judgement I am a Monfils fan (I like my B-list players batshit- Gonzo, Monfils…sheesh!)

    BUT obviously he was way, way in the wrong here- though the wrong of the officials way overshadows that- you just can’t let that happen. Inexcusable. What if they were that easily swayed with line calls?

    Anyways, I also have a hard time seeing Fognini as a poor, helpless victim in all of this, and maybe it’s because he has the eyebrows of a demon. But also because he seemed to be…indecisive about whether or not to come off, until he stalled forever after the decision was made. I dunno, there was something off about it. And then there’s the fact that he was up a break in the 5th. And the fact that he let all of those poetic match points go at the end. Or maybe because I wasn’t rooting for him.

    But regardless, I will be watching this today. And I want it to get NASTY. I want it to go to 12-12. I want eyes popping out of heads- oh wait, both of those guys do that naturally =D

    Basically I’m just saying this is awesomely entertaining, especially when the player on the other end isn’t your favorite guy trying to make his first RG quarterfinal.

  5. lauren said

    I never thought I would ever find myself supporting SpockBrows, but I did. Though he was a goof for agreeing to play in the first place before his coach told him to stop. Somehow I feel today’s resumption is going to be a damp squib. Perhaps I should wear two stick-on Groucho Marx moustaches above my eyes for the occasion.

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