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Now for the most hectic part of the tournament. First rounds, second rounds and doubles all happening, so it's pick and choose.
I started off to check if anyone was practicing on crt 3, where I found Ramos.

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I didn't hang around long, cos CC was starting off with Gulbis and Gimeno Traver. First I had to kick some kid out of my seat. By the looks of it, everyone here just tries to sit in the best seats till someone comes and moves them along.

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Man, Gulbis really is hard to like :/ By the 3rd pt played, he was already complaining about crowd noise. By the 2nd game, he was constantly waiting for every single person in the stands to sit/stand perfectly still.
Luckily for him, DGT choked the first set away. Both went off the boil in the second set, though Gulbis still had some really good play in patches. Then DGT collapsed in the TB and that was that.

I had some time to kill before the second match, so it was back to crt 3 to find Huey/Inglot and Peya/Soares practicing.

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Granollers took over from them.

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This passed enough time to get back to CC for Bautista-Agut and Nishikori (after kicking another kid out of my seat).

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Kei is really growing on me and he was on fire in the first set. The second set was a whole lot messier. RBA got two time warnings, so lost a first serve. He made a fuss over it, even though he was slow as fuck and totally deserved it.
For the whole of this, some old dude who was sitting next to me was giving me a running commentary. I just nodded and had said Si every once in a while. I don't think he every realised I didn't understand more than 5%.

I left at this point to get a spot at court 3 for the doubles. Crt 3 has no seating and there are only three gaps underneath under the adjacent CC's stands where you can stand and watch the court. So I got there in time to at least stand at the front and I could lean on the CC construction beam. The first match was Bopanna/Qureshi v Huey/Inglot.

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Bopanna's wife and coach were standing 5 feet away from the whole match. Bopanna had to get a ball kid to bring her a towel to put her bags down on (it was drizzling all day so everything was wet)

Huey and Inglot can bring a lot of pace but Bopanna and Qureshi were bringing all the volleys. B/Q got a bit lucking on the deciding points, but all in all got it done quick.
Now we had to stand around and wait for Peya/Soares v Fognini/Melzer. They took a loooong time to arrive.

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Peya/Soares lucked out the first set, but the whole match felt very much on Fognini and Melzer's racquets, Fognini being the strongest of all of them. F/M kept it together long enough to knock out the top seeds.
Soares still stopped to sign autographs, so that was classy.

After almost 3 hours of standing in one place, it was time to sit down again, so I grabbed myself a seat at crt 1 for Cervantes and Tursunov.

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Gods only know how Tursunov won the first set, because from the time I got in, he was sucking and getting bagelled in the second set.
After a rain delay in the third set, Cervantes finished off without all too much trouble.

Doing Media:
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Not wanting to move out of my dry seat, I opted to stay put for the last match on between Marrero/Verdasco and Huta Galung/Robert.

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Something about crt 1 must not sit well with players, cos this time Verdasco and Marrero both couldn't find the court. Doubles draw is a bit of a shambles now. Not that a *certain someones* will know to take advantage!

All in all a pretty long day, but hey, at least the hotel internet is currently working again! So I don't have to go out again tonight. Lots on tomorrow.

Date: 2014-04-25 04:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] calzamante.livejournal.com
ahhhh, his faaaace! He's such a sullen, sulky little shit I completely adore him! Thank you :)

Date: 2014-05-04 07:34 pm (UTC)
ext_129544: Heath Ledger (chrolli :: abschied)
From: [identity profile] haruhiko.livejournal.com
For the whole of this, some old dude who was sitting next to me was giving me a running commentary. I just nodded and had said Si every once in a while. I don't think he every realised I didn't understand more than 5%.

Omg dead @ this. You were way nicer than I would've been. XD

Nando isn't that low in the singles ranking but because of all the coverage I see of him with Marri I've started thinking of him as a doubles specialist, lol.
Edited Date: 2014-05-04 07:35 pm (UTC)

Date: 2014-05-05 09:36 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] meobnal.livejournal.com
I can get into awkward situations cos I know *some* Spanish, just not a lot. I do want to try to use the little I know as much as possible, so I end up starting off in Spanish, but then losing the tread and not finding a suitable moment to switch to English :p

Winning the WTF seems to be a curse! Marcel and Marc have never really recovered from winning 2 years ago and Marrero and Verdasco have slumped since winning last year (though Fernando has had injuries)



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