US Open 2011 (by LJ): Day 1 wrap
Day 1 of the US Open 2011, and there was something palpably missing in the air. The OOMPH of Slam excitement carried away by Hurricane Irene perhaps. The crowd was subdued and the players mostly went about their business, the seeds not finding much rhythm but then the unseeded found even less. Basically everyone was a bit mopey having walked out of their caves for the first time in a few days.
Wogie Mcfedpants made short work of Santiago Giraldo, 6-4 6-4 6-2, so says the scoreline but those who watched felt the uneasy moments as Mcfedtastic lost momentum and started showing poop for brains at crucial moments. Leading 5-1 in the first, he was broken serving for the set and then got broken to love in the next service game. Worrisome? Probably not but there was enough frazzling on my twitter timeline to suggest that peeps were a little agitated. Save the agitation for later folks, we’re in for a tough road ahead.
Fed’s next round will be up against Dudi Sela whom dispatched a clearly hobbling Thomas Belluci in 5 sets.
Red- perhaps-not-so-hot-Cilic-Pepper took out Ryan Harrison in ugly fashion. Harrison could have easily taken the match to a 4th and squandered it with his padawan youth. Back to Bollitieri academy m’dear. Cilic will play Tomic in one of the best matchups in the 2nd round on paper. Hope it won’t turn into the Aus Open 2010 meeting, where I stayed for 2 sets and decided to leg it back to the hotel before I fell comatose to boredom.
Tomic showing clear signs of his talent and form, downed US journeyman Michael Yani in comfortable straights. Like it or not, IMO the kid has the goods and his style is good for tennis and Australian tennis in particular.
Don’t-Call-My-Name-Falla defeated Troicki in 5, in a match that Troicki should have won. But Troicki is an ass so whatevs. Llodra and Petzschner also came through in 5.
Kei Nishikori retired injured once again. I wonder when the kid will catch a break. He was 1 of 3 Japanese players to retire hurt today.
I’ll leave you with my favourite picture of the day from the men’s side. My BB Greegor forgot to face the net and thus lost in straights to Le Monf.
Biggest upset of the day was earned by Petra Kvitova, going down in straights to Alexandra Dulgheru of The Ukraine. Kvitova is clearly going through her post-slam slump but Dulgheru, ranked top 50, is no easy opponent for a 1st round and Kvitova was clearly sluggish and her timing was completely off.
Shreiky needed 3 sets to get past GB up and comer, Heather Watson. I like Watson, like Laura Robson I think she’s got a good head on her shoulders but experience took over as she faded in the 3rd.
Speaking of Robson she was leading Ayumi Morita before the latter folded to shoulder injury. Bad day for Japanese players.
Nadia Petrova struggled through in 3 and the rest of the women’s matches played out according to script.
So that’s that, first day down, 13 to go.
To leave, I’d like to address this fashion faux pas of the day:
WHAT IN THE FUCK IS THIS????
They look like those Korean tube socks people used to turn up in in high school…like…WHUT???? PLS EXPLAIN!!!!!
Till tomorrow, adios amigos
Yeah, but Fed can even make those socks look good!
you know he has the skinniest calves but those socks make them look fat =\
The socks didn’t look that bad until I read the Korean school tube socks comment. -_-;;
Didn’t watch the match as, like you, I’m earning my living – but geez, up 5-1 and then farting 3 games in a row (a double break included) is like OH MAH GAWD WTF YOU DOIN’ – I hope it’s just Fed getting bored and being lame.
Heard there was a lot of fire in the Harrison/Cilic match, courtesy of The Ego…whatevs. Also, I stayed for Tomic/Cilic last year. Till 2AM. With my friend constantly complaining in my ear and pointing out the fact that Tomic wore black underwear (which was clearly visible through his white shorts) and I WAS SCARRED FOR LIFE. FOR LIFEEEEEEEEEEEE.
Bellucci is obviously a walking waste of talent (like many others on tour), but nevertheless, getting Sela means a comparatively easier draw in round two. As long as Fed plays a steadier match and doesn’t over-tax his body, there’s not too much cause for concern heading into the weekend, which is when Fed will have to ramp it up. Cilic has been slowly picking himself off the floor, and Tomic – well, we saw what he could do against Djokovic in the Wimby quarters (that loss was more impressive than his win over a stomach-aching Soderling).
The Kvitova loss is brought to you by the Czech Republic, the land of my father and the land of Tomas Berdych and Hana Mandlikova. Prodigious but mentally volatile talents are a specialty of that nation.
Is Roger wearing two pairs of socks? A white pair underneath the grey. Or are they supposed to be like that?
I like the socks!!
what is wrong with you people… clearly not a Fashion Forward bunch! those socks absolutely ROCKED the whole outfit!
I was there… saw them close up and they are magical dark grey w/ white stripe atop socks (although all the mad-fans here know he is a double decker sock wearer). these are rockin’ striped socks that match the white swoosh on his pants, shoes, shirt and headband. these are the magical socks that will cause his BP conversion to skyrocket and his 1st and 2nd serve to hit near record numbers and… his “walk abouts” to “walk away”!
these are the socks that rock that will hold the man himself in place… that will help him move to the net swiftly and not hit “stupid” volleys… (please!)
these socks, my friends, will win you over as Roger plays matches, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and then holds the champions trophy!
your inspired defence of the socks almost makes me want to like them…but i can’t
blame it on my high school experience.
although if they were muted red stripes? like the ones on the shirt/shorts? i could have dug.
; ) !
For BAD socks… see ND (my grandfather looked better with black socks and “mostly” white sneakers!) HELLO!
Roger put the “all black” (a shocker at the time) outfit in the map and now all the boyz think they can pull it off… NOT!
on to the 3rd round!!!!!!