Monday, October 27, 2008

Federer delivers pizza

Federer delivers pizza to the ballboys
Jidkova won, Schultz McCarthy won, Haynes won, Federer won, Ljubicic won, Bolelli won, Ivanovic won, Tursunov won, Robredo won, Murray won, Dementieva won and Pennetta withdrew from Quebec for personal reasons.

Federer eased over Nalbandian to win Basel. Ivanovic thrashed Zvonareva to make a comeback title of sorts. Wozniacki put up an awful fight before falling to Dementieva who won Luxembourg. Soderling beat Benneteau in Lyon, Murray thrashed qualifier Golubev to win St Petersburg.

I noticed Murray’s a Brit again - he must be winning. Wait till he stuffs up The Championships next year, he’ll be Scottish again before you know it.

Fed isn’t going to play anymore hit-and-giggles in 2009, after stuffing most of 2008. Not that he blames Sampras of course, and the money was good for a couple more gold bricks for the mansion he’s building in tax haven town in Switzerland, but Fed now wants Sampras’ records and he’s going to concentrate on the Slams from now on. I suspect this may have something to do with a certain wild-eyed pirate from Mallorca who’s been chewing up titles recently and taken his crown of invincibility. Once Fed was wont to look patronisingly at young Rafa and pretend that the annual loss of the French didn’t bother him, but if the young bull is going to eat into his Wimbledon titles too then the gloves are off. “Mirka, hand me my cape! In 2009 we’re going pirate hunting.”*

Signed up to play the ATP bracket challenge where you can win stuff for guessing picking every match of the Masters in Paris. Only you have to finalise picks before the qualifiers are known, including one first round match between qualifier four and qualifier five. Not too sure of the form on that pick. Hmm, I hope qualifier four wins – my trip to Indian Wells may depend on it.

*nb Roger Federer did not actually say this. What he really said was, Mirka, hand me my cardigan, let’s watch Pirates of the Caribbean.

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