Montreal Day 1: Oh, dream maker, you heart breaker.
How do you learn to unlove this guy?
“It slipped away in the third set. I was just a little too nervous. It slipped away. I don’t have a grip on the important moments. I wanted it too much.
“I know what I have to do but it’s difficult. You know you don’t have it — it slips away and I feel it.”
That’s Marat bloody Safin for ya. Of course he couldn’t just lose. He had to take the second set, go up a break in the third and lose the next 6 games to surrender the match. Of course. And then he had to come up with nostalgically sad quotes to make you sniff at your computer screen.
Yeah Marat. Fuck you. Sniffles.
In other day 1 tidbits:
1) Would anyone explain what’s up with Marin Cilic? Defeated first match by Mikhail Youzhny 46 76(4) 61. Read: total third set implosion.
If this doesn’t raise alarm bells for you – he lost to Somdev Devvarman first match in Washington last week.
That right. Somdev Devvarman.
2) Not since Fed and Stan’s campfire rituals has doubles tennis drawn this much attention. Rafa’s back folks, and nothing speaks “I’m back!?” more than sleeveless shirts, crooked game-face and lusty biceps. Since I really wasn’t a fan of the insidious attempt to change Rafa’s unique image in the first place, I applaud the return of the sleeveless shirt as much as I applaud the man in it.
Rafa and his dinosaur doubles partner won in straight sets against Djokovic and doubles specialist Vermic. Didn’t catch the match of course, but considering their competition, I’d say this was a pretty good start for Rafa. I’d like to see him do well in Montreal, even if he doesn’t win it. I can’t handle the thought of Rafa as the No 3 player behind Murray. Or the thought of Federer and Nadal playing in the semifinal of the US Open against each other.
3) Roger, who was scheduled to play on Day 2, used his time wisely to strut his pink practice shirt, and the most pathetic left arm of all time.
Dude, don’t you remember what happened when the last World No 1 wore pink? Take it off!
The Fed is due to face local fave Niemeyer next round. Niemeyer has played Federer once previously, losing 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 in 1998. Yes. That would be the 90s. So how will the Quebecois fair against the Fed this time, 11 years down the track?
Naturally, he hoped for some intervention from the Mighty Babes.
“I also played a tournament when my daughter was 2 weeks, and I didn’t sleep very much that week,” Niemeyer said. “He has two (kids), so hopefully he doesn’t sleep at all.”
I can so imagine: the night before a US Open semifinal clash with Nadal – Myla and Charlene wouldn’t stop screaming their lungs out …
Let the frazzling begin!