January 15, 2008


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This is true in all circles of life, so pay attention kids.

Some facts worth noting about the first round of singles play:

1. 12 men's matches went to 5 sets. That's 19% if you're scoring at home.
2. 20 woman's matches went to 3 sets. 31%.
3. Vincent Spadea lost the first 2 sets to 30 seed Radek Stepanek, then came back to win the last three. Even if he is sent packing in the next round he should be a proud man.
4. The same goes for #32 seed Dimitri Tursonov. He got his shit together after losing the first two sets to Xavier Malisse. He lost only 6 games in the final three sets. Pretty remarkable.
5. The highest seed to get upset in the first round was #9 Andy Murray of Great Britian . So much for life without Brad Gilbert as his coach. Jo-Wilfred Tsonga whooped his ass in 4 sets. Tsonga, incidentally, is quite large at 6'2, 200 lbs. He's ranked 38 and may make a move this year. Can you say top 20? I'd like to see that because he is really fun to watch. Hey Andy, there's really no shame in losing to this guy. Just talk to your therapist and see what you can do on Clay in May. Unfortunately that's the reality for him. It must hurt to get bounced so early and that is why you see guys like Tursonov and Robredo stiffening their resolve when faced with the alternative. The alternative is sucking on what could have been. Another life lesson. Sweet.
6. #10 seed Marion Bartoli, a Wimbledon Finalist last year, also went down in a heap of flames. She lost to Sofia Arvidsson of Sweden after taking the first set. Remember the phrase "clay in May."
7. 11th seeded spaniard, Tommy Robredo lost the first two sets to German Mischa Zverev before he got his head screwed on straight. Perhaps he had not gotten a good nights sleep. Whatever the case, he decided he wanted to live to see brighter days, as a third-set tiebreaker victory catapulted his ass to a 5-set, hard fought win. Poor Zverev, ranked 85 in the world at the tender age of 20, he had life by the balls for just about an hour.

If you are wondering what my point is here it is simply that any match in a major is a difficult one, even if you're seeded and won the first two sets. Just ask Radek Stepanek. Clay in May.

The French open starts May 25th.

clay in may

alive for now

clay in may

alive for now