I can't believe Nikolay Davydenko blasted Fernando Verdasco off the court like that! I guess it's safe to say that Davydenko's heel is, well, healed. Going into the tournament, I just didn't know where his fitness was, which is bad because that's such a key part of his game. He always sneaks up on you at a tournament, but to do that to Verdasco is a good sign for him. I'm officially marking him down to make the finals (he's not going to surprise me again!), especially since...
RAFAEL NADAL LOST TO ROBIN SODERLING!!!!
Holy Moley! I thought the only player that would've been able to beat Rafa here this tournament was Novak Djokovic. And if anything, I really thought Nadal had gotten over that losing-to-flat-hitters thing he had going on. I don't think that was the case; I guess he just had an off day.
I've watched a lot of tennis in my time, and I was trying to think of a loss that was this surprising. The only one that I could think of that involved a player being so dominant at a Major was Pete Sampras losing to Richard Krajicek in the quarters at Wimbledon in '96. I didn't think I'd see him drop a match there for years more to come. It's safe to say he bounced back from that, winning the next four Wimbledons in a row. So, I think Nadal's going to be OK. But you don't need me to tell you that!
An old friend of mine and I used to talk tennis for hours, whether it was our own games or what was happening in the pros. I've started Tennis Talk, Anyone? to, well, talk tennis with an even broader crowd! My name is Van Sias and I've been playing for 20 years now, and not only am I player, I'm a huge fan of the game as well: pro, amateur, you name it. I'll post links to news items related to the sport, and offer my own personal opinion, predictions and hopefully get some of yours as well.