Saturday, 15 August 2009

roger roger #3

for the longest time already, i have this feeling that when i watch a live roger federer match, he'll lose... i said as much to my good friend who's also a roger fan and she told me to either not watch any of his matches or tell her that i'd be watching his matches so that she wouldn't blame me if he lost...

so... rogers cup 2009 at montreal... it's the quarterfinals and for the first time in history of the open era, all the top 8 players/seeds are in the quarters... i just got home from a sorta date with blue and the murrayVdavydenko match was still on... after nearly an hour, the match was finished (murray won) and the federerVtsonga match was getting under way around 3am...

tight first set that led to a tiebreak and then big guy tsonga dove on the hard hardcourt to get to a volley... he bangs his right arm and elbow to the ground and roger was poised to hit back the short ball but he friggin nets it! and so, tsongs wins the first set 7-6 (5)...

onto the second set... a rather burn out tsonga play poorly and even called for an injury timeout for his arm/elbow... roger takes no mercy and swiftly takes the second set 6-1... by then, i was resting my eyes every change of ends and rests and commercials...

third set and roger double breaks a weary tsonga... the score was 5-1 in favor for roger... i thought then, "ah, roger's gonna win this for sure" and i was already so sleepy and i wasn't watching properly... and then for some reason, tsonga is revived and managed to double break back... around this time, roger's serve was pretty lousy and tsonga was pulling all the stops with his aggressive play... of course by then, all my sleepiness was gone as i cheered roger on... then, suddenly, on roger's service game (5-6), he was down 3 match points... thank goodness, he forced errors off tsonga's racquet and saved all of them to take the game and let the set to be decided with a tiebreak... by then, roger's serve was really really bad enough to double fault to give tsonga the game-set-match... i turned off the tv right away so that i wouldn't see roger's disappointed face (i did see him take off his bandana in a sad way...)...

the match ended around 515am and i thought, shit, i should've just gone to bed right away when tsong took the first set (i was going to but i thought, what the heck, just finish the match...)...

dang i think i send bad juju to roger's game... maybe i should just watch if it's the championship match or something... oh well, there's still cincinnati and the us open... allez, roger! 6 in a row, baby! allez!

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