Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Tribute to Tennis's World No. 1

I didn't care much about tennis earlier this year, in fact I didn't even understand how the game was played and why so many people would want to watch and crowd over just 2 people in court...I was so into NBA Action for me it was the real hard court brawl.

I don’t really know how it happened, but I was flipping over channels and looking for something nice to watch. I tuned in to Star Sports and saw someone really good looking playing tennis. Yeah it was not his game that caught my eye but his looks. So I decided to give it a chance and watch some more and so I saw how amazing he was at what he plays. So I looked him up over the net and saw that he was Rafael Nadal from Spain and was currently World's No. 2 then.

Somehow I just got hooked into the game and was introduced to a new Sports world that I never thought in a million years I would grow to like.

Even if so many people don't accept Nadal as being the top seed, well he will always be No.1 for me (cliché but true).


I just would like to comment on the blockbuster trades that have been happening around NBA since last season. I think I’ve lost my interest in watching the game since this happened. Especially the trade of Shaq to my favorite team, I believe it would have been wiser if Marion had stayed with the Suns---but that’s his decision though.

And check out Chauncey Billups, being traded to Denver. It should have been nicer if the Pistons stayed intact and win the finals as a team.

Monday, November 10, 2008


The first match in the Red group was between the no. 2 seed and defending champion Roger Federer and Gilles Simon, who was a replacement to the top seed Rafael Nadal when he dropped out of the Masters due to injuries.

In the first round, Simon tried to rally with the defending champion Federer but came up short when the Suisse took the first set 6 games to 4.

Despite some unusual errors from Federer, he managed to take an early 2-1 lead against the French, but the game was evened out when Federer lost on his serve. Simon continued to play well as he leads Federer 3-2.
A superb rally against the two contenders, in which Federer won the point and brought the game to 3 all tie. In the following game Federer is down 4-3, 3 deuce and 2 superb rallies---he erased Simon’s lead to have a 4 game tie. But the game was overturned when Simon took the second set 6 games to 4.

In the deciding set, Federer was down 3-2 and was down 0-40 on his serve but he miraculously got out of that when he escaped triple break points. Simon had the same luck when he was down 0-40 on his serve. By escaping the triple break point, he gained a critical 4-3 lead.

But Simon was will win it in the end 6 games to 3. it was definitely an upsetting loss to Federer since he is the defending champion. But I will give credit to Simon’s abilities since he beat Nadal in the Madrid Masters which brought great disappointment to his home crowd.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Novak DJOKOVIC versus Juan Martin del POTRO


The first round of the Shanghai Masters started at 2:00pm today with a match against the third seeded Djokovic and the eight seeded del Potro

Despite the few people in attendance when the game commenced, the 2 players gave an outstanding opening game.

Djokovic who made the first serve let del Potro taste what it's like to be in a Tennis Master's Final, but depsite being down 4 games to 1 --- del Potro clawed his way up to close the gap between him and Djokovic.

Djokovic's frustration was evident when the game became tied at 5 a-piece. but Djokovic held on to his lead by taking the first set 7 games to 5.

The second set was even field having both players tied at 2 and was tied again at 3 when del Potro held his serve. But Djokovic will claim the lead with an intelligent shot giving him the crucial 5-3 advantage.

After almost 2 hours of good battle, the Serb will prove too much to handle for del Potro when Djokovic won on his serve at 6 games to 3.

It was not one of Djokovic's best games but he was the crowd's favorite to win and it surely gave him the break he needed after his poor performances in previous matches

other sports results: NBA NJ Nets 80-98 Pacers ; Cavaliers 106-97 Bulls ;
Phoenix Suns 106-96 Bucks