It is said that for every match Marat Safin plays to his potential, one case of cancer is miraculously cured in the world.
Pity he doesn’t do that more often.
I just watched in shock as the Hippo serve out his match against Gonzo for a place in the Beijing quarterfinals.
The dude served up 12 aces and out played Gonzo from the baseline. Complete cruise control.
Safin. On cruise control. I refused to believe my eyes.
Next up, Rafael Nadal. OH-EM-GEE. I don’t think I can take it.
Mentioning Rafa, you’d be forgiven for thinking that his second round clash with Blake was a WTA match. 8 breaks of serve throughout the match: some shiny conversion rate by the Rafanator (5/6), and a positively Federer-esque effort by Blake (3/11?!!).
I’m not sure if Rafa’s playing it safe because of his recent injuries, or perhaps this is too minor a tournament for him to be exerting much effort, but spinning in powderpuff serves against James Blake is just asking for them to be spanked back.
Thankfully, JB can always be counted on to lose precisely when he has no business losing. With a double fault, Blake surrendered serve at 3-4 in the third, and Rafa lived to fight another match.
And boy, wasn’t he happy about it?
With Murray and Federer both out of Shanghai, you know what? I think I’ll hop myself on the comfy bandwagon of Mr. Chequeredpants for the time being.
Yer go Minty!
Over in Tokyo, it appears that Stan has stolen Verdasco’s old ‘do.
MAKE IT STOP.
It’s been a good couple of weeks so far by Ernests Gulbis, who has made the most out of an easy draw and broken his second round curse with wins over Stepanek and Pico.
That’s more like it!
Ernie is due to face Jo-Willy next in a rematch of their Thai thriller last week, after Tsonga survived a streaky Gasquet and typhoon winds in Tokyo. At one point, the winds were so wild they caused advertising boards to blow across the court.
“It was dangerous. I saw the (advertising) board start to move and thought ‘Woah!’ You never know what can happen,” said Tsonga after the match.
With the roof open after 3 days of rain, Jo-Willy settled down, and Reeshie unsettled and lost all confidence. Perhaps it was for the best, as a good run could secure Jo-Willy’s Masters Cup qualification bid.
But even so, why must all my favourites play each other?
Why must Reeshie possess the talent of Federer and the mind of Dinara? Why must Safin continue to taunt us all with his tortured awesomeness? Why isn’t Roger playing?!