All at the same time. Nice technique, chicken little.
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The French are a people who are known for their, how to put this delicately, their spectacular defeats. From the battle of Poitiers to Waterloo, world history is littered with examples of the French losing major battles. So perhaps it should not come as a surprise that there has been massive Frenchie carnage at the Paris Masters. Today alone, Chardy (l. to Murray), Mannarino (l. to Federer), Mahut, (l. to Ferrer), Simon (l. to Monaco), and Monfils (l. to Lopez) all ended their seasons by barely putting up a fight. Not one measly set won among them.
With Llodra having already lost yesterday, only Tsonga and Gasquet are left to fight on. And we all know how you can always rely on those two to win when it matters.
But who are we to judge the French for just carrying on an ancient and proud tradition? They’re just stubbornly old school like that.
On the flip side, other countries have an old, proud tradition of winning….
Hahahahaha, I keed, I keed. Two wins in a row! It’s like a streak or something
All right, all right, not exactly a streak… Ugh, why must you ruin everything!
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Davis Cup is great for many reasons: bringing the team dynamic to an individual sport, the honor of playing for your country, and, of course, thunderstix. But the best thing about DC by far is the pictures from the many draw ceremonies. All our favorite players together in matching outfits smiling and giggling? Epic win!
Smiling, shaking hands, posing adorably?! I mean…come on!
Of course, Vik isn’t quite down with the smiling and giggling. Does anyone else do bitch face better?
Bahahahahhahaha (he’s short)
*meow* indeed, Delpo
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Simon’s match against del Potro yesterday was the greatest match that I have ever had the pleasure to see live. I wish that I could adequately describe the experience to you guys. I can’t really, but I’ll give it a try.
The crowd was mostly pro-Delpo for most of the match. Partly because they were Argentine fans, and partly because no one there wanted that match to end. I certainly was hoping and praying that it would go to 5 sets.
But Gilles was just too good to let the match go that long. I have always liked Simon’s game, but I don’t think I ever appreciated how well-rounded it is. Of course it was no surprise how solid he was at the baseline, but I never knew how good he was at net. Now that I know he’s so good up there, I have to wonder why doesn’t he volley more.
Delpo ran out of stream midway through the 3rd set. He tried to pump up the crowd to energize himself. It seemed for a brief moment he might just will his way to a 5th set. And the volley he hit on one knee (which he topped off with the most expressive fistpump I have ever seen from the same position) was most definitely the best shot of the match.
But the insane amounts of errors Delpo sprayed left, right, and right into the net sealed his fate. Simon faces will play Isner in the next round and, as my Dad incessantly pointed out to me, if Simon plays at the same level, John is going to have his work cut out for him.
Speaking of my Dad, I think this may have been the match that has turned my Dad into a tennis fan. He’s already asked me when the Simon match is on tomorrow, and he got in trouble with my Mom (who hates all sports) for trying to watch the tennis after he got back home today. So while I really enjoyed the tennis, this match will always be special to me for making my Dad a fan too.
Check out more pictures I took of the match on the facebook page.
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How did Gilles Simon celebrate winning the title at Hamburg? Giving his infant son a hi-five. Could you die from the cuteness, or COULD YOU DIE?!
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You would think someone would move the cue cards so that their eyeline would be in line with the camera. You would think wrong… At least it’s for charity
In another thrilling late night 5-setter in Melbourne, Fed defeated Simon 6-2, 6-3, 4-6, 4-6, 6-3. Even though Simon could not pull out the upset, he definitely made a major statement: he’s healthy, he’s back, and you best bring it when he’s on the other side of the net. Allez, Little Daddy.
Nishikori was also impressive, taking out Eyebrows 6-1, 6-4, 6-7, 6-4. Thinking (hoping?) he’s due for a major break out from the pack this year. The BG effect can only be a win
And Mahut continues to warm out hearts (cause real men plays qualies), winning in 3 over Dabul. Normally, I would be totally excited about this, and don’t get me wrong, I am. But now he has to play Troicki.