Down Under: It’s a love story, baby just say yes.


Don’t you wish you could switch places with Tommy’s diamond encrusted ball right now?

Don’t lie. Unless you’re saying you’d rather swap with Maz Jose’s, in which case I HEAR YA BROTHER/SISTER.

 

 

I had expected Spain to win, but not in the fashion that it did.

Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez, my girl crush of the week, never quite found her form against a determined Laura Robson, surrendering to the match 6-1, 7-6 (8-6) to the 15 year-old World No. Godknowswhat.

After that, who expected Great Britain not to pull off a stunning victory? 

Disco Tom apparently.

Undaunted by the soon-to-be World No 5 even after losing the first set 1-6, Tommy Rob let completely loose and pulled off his biggest upset of late, outhitting Murray to break even with one win apiece, 1-6 6-4 6-3.

It was a slight choke by Mandy, who had allowed Tommy Rob very few looks on his serve until 4-all in the second set, when the momentum suddenly shifted and Robredo began to up his aggression in an alarming fashion.  To think I considered he was a toothless tiger…

And yes, Tommy really wanted Perth’s balls. Linesman didn’t want to give them.

 

 

With the final tie going into a decisive mixed doubles match, the Spaniards were at a distinct advantage given Maz’s doubles expertise. 

While the first set progressed into a tiebreak after a succession of service breaks, Britain gained itself 3 set points at 6-3. But it’s not over until Tommy Robredo sings. Muzz tensed up once more and shanked a routine backhand, before Robson was overpowered by Robredo’s forehand on the next two points.

MJMS then worked her doubles mojo for the minibreak and converted the set point with a crisp volley. 

Throughout the second set, MJMS and Disco Tom worked as a well-oiled machine, putting constant pressure on Loz Rob’s serve. The inevitable break of serve game at 6-5, with a Robredo return-of-serve winner. 

Man of the tournament.

 

 

I’m not saying anything.

 

 

Despite his loss, Mandy remained bullish about his Open chances. 

 

“I think I’m ready to win it. I just need to play well, if I do that then there’s no reason why I can’t,” Murray said.

“I feel like I’m serving well, moving well and playing the ball better than I have done for a long time in the back of the court and volleyed well this week. So there’s not a whole lot to complain about.”

“I’m sure if you ask (Roger) Federer how he’s feeling this week going into Australia after losing to (Nikolay) Davydenko (in Qatar), I’m pretty sure it’s not going to put a whole lot of doubts into his mind,” Murray said.

 

Lastly, a warm-fuzzy photo with the tournament Dowager, Mrs Hopman.

 

 

Gnawww, win/win.

xx doots

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6 responses to “Down Under: It’s a love story, baby just say yes.”

  1. Mia says :

    We hear ya, Mandy, and am sure Roger heard you, too, loud and clear.

  2. Philip says :

    This guy is arrogant as hell. Talks the talk but never backs it up. He basically called Davy and Robredo a bunch of chumps. Davy’s is 4-0 vs Fed and Rafa in the last month. While I think when Rog is on his game, he still owns Davy, Murray has a lot of gall to diss a no.6 player like that.

  3. sazzylove says :

    maddening this Mandy guy really!Even has the gall to namedrop His tennis Highness in his runner up speech?Lame Lame Lame….Errr Mandy, wait for your turn to be also whipped by Davy.Its not impossible right?After all, Tommy Robredo showed you the exit door too right?I admit no one really saw it coming.and btw, your AO GS chance has just gotten slimmer.

    Kudos to Team Spain…esp Tommy Rob!Yohoo!!

  4. flo says :

    Lots of people have said this but it remains true: tennis is a game where confidence level and mystique (or cache or hustle or whatever) is important so no player worth his salts is going to openly admit they are vulnerable (esp. the guys). Even on the WTA, it takes a Ivanovic like freefall or Safina’s Chernobyl meltdowns to coerce something like an acknowledgement of their fragility from the player.

    • dootsiez says :

      Quite true. I actually have no probs with Mandy’s quote. I think he’s just being honest. He lost to Robredo in an exho, it’s tough when diamond balls are on the line, but I doubt he’s feeling too bad about it.

      As for bringing Fed in, well … Roger needs someone to give him a nudge right now. And who better than Mandy? He does rile the Fed up and vice versa more than either of them would care to admit.

  5. Jack says :

    I thought after Robson had won, that we basically had it in the bag…….obviously not! The one time I want Murray to win and he doesn’t!!! Fugface can’t do anything right!!

    I do find it funny though how he brings up Roger in his speech. And I find it funnier that Laura couldn’t win a match the whole week but when she finally does, it means nothing.

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