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Game, Steps & Match.

Posted by gauloises1 on February 18, 2011

Milos Raonic: still happening. Fresh from his victory over Fernando Verdasco in the finals of San Jose, the pair met in the first round of Memphis and the result was the same, Raonic winning 64 36 76(5).

Verdasco, with a hint of sour grapes, was less than complimentary:

“For me that’s not a real match in tennis,” Verdasco said. “I hope to play soon against him in clay court to show him what it is to play tennis, and play rallies, and run, and not only serve.”

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Saucer of milk, etc. Anyway, Raonic’s run continues after defeating Radek Stepanek tonight in the second round. Steps was on ebullient form, coming up with some superb play to save match points and snatch the second set tiebreak out from under Raonic’s feet, 10-8.

He celebrated thusly.

The third set also went to a tiebreak, but Raonic showed impressive composure to close it out with an ace even when some typical Steps-like antics were employed (going around high-fiving the linespeople at 1-6 down, for example). The Canadian has to be feeling the effects of so many matches now, emotionally and physically, but his confidence is frankly absurd and this mini-tear continues to be so much fun to watch. It may not be real tennis, but it’ll do me.

11 Responses to “Game, Steps & Match.”

  1. naughty T....urbane gentleman said

    “For me is no ha real match in tennis,” Verdasco pouted. “I hope to model soon against him in clay court to show him what it is to play tennis, and play rallies, and run, and run , and run, and run, and run, and run, and run, and run, and run, and run, and run, and run, and run, and run, and run, and run, and run, and run, and run, and run, and run, and run, and run, and run, and run, and run, and run, and run, and run, and run, and run, and run, and run, and run, and run, and run, and run, and run, and run, and run han still lose to someone called Rafa…not only serve or have nice hair and culo”

    • gauloises1 said

      You’re really not helping my reputation as an unjust and inveterate Verdasco hater, naughts.

      • naughty T....urbane gentleman said

        ha you were rumbled long before I ever came on the scene…seriously though, what a bitchy dick….err Fiasco, not you.

    • AmyLu said

      Can someone remind me what of note Verdasco has ever done on clay? I find it funny that he thinks he could be the one to show someone how to play tennis on that surface when I don’t really consider him a leading contender to win a tournament on clay.

  2. Bismarck said

    grrr.
    if some young gun has to beat steps i´d rather be it rycka, burny, grisha or even dolly the dog (who´s not that young so i´m not sure why he gets thrown into the same lot).

    big serving canucks weren´t my thing when rusedski did his thing, and still aren´t it seems.

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