Mar/11

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What I learned at The Sony Ericsson Open Today

1. Driving down from W. Palm Beach to Key Biscayne is a total pain.

2. Richard Gasquet often doesn’t show up for matches — such as today’s against Mardy Fish.

3. Fish gets great stick on his backhand just leaning into it.

4. Some women play more interesting points than most men, such as Kirilenko v. A. Radwanska today.

5. Llodra is a lot of fun to watch, but doesn’t know how to win. Looked like he gave up vs. Granollers today.

6. Lindt milk chocolate balls taste very good — thank you media room for the freebies. Strawberry and orange smoothies (that’s two separate varities, not one combo) also taste very good. Thank you press dining room for $3 a pop.

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  • Scoop Malinowski · March 28, 2011 at 1:56 am

    I bet that was a rough ride. Sandy Harwitt said it took her 2 1/2 hours from Boca on the first day. WPB is another hour at least, at worst. You gotta get a room closer and sometimes that could be an adventure. Those Lindt chocolate are TOO good! I had about 25 in six days, and four melted all in my bag, what a mess. Fish is at his career high ranking right now, love his backhand and serve, and his underrated forehand isn’t too bad either. Too bad about Gasquet, he looked fantastic last week beating Roddick. Saw him practice this week with Djokovic and while Nole did warm up with bands and stretches, Gasquet just sat in his chair, leg crossed, spinning his racquet, waiting for Nole to be ready. I think Gasquet is one of those guys who just plays, doesn’t do much off court training.

  • Dan Markowitz · March 28, 2011 at 11:58 am

    Wait a second, is this really the DAN WEIL posting, a Dan Weil print sighting! Hot Dawg! I’m looking forward to those milk balls. Also, think I’m going to cancel my car rental and rent a bicycle, got to be easier getting around Miami on bi-ped.

    What happened to Blake last night. The first five or so games with Nole were scintillating tennis. Blake came out in a terrorist-like beard and was firing, I mean cracking some serious forehands and backhands. But Nole just kept him running for the most part and broke him down totally by the look of the final score, 2 and love. Guess it shows how good Nole really is b/c Blake looked sharp at the beginning.

    Scoop, you act like Fish is having a good year, but his only decent showing this year was at Delray where he lost to Del Po in straights in the semi. Beating Gasquet does not a season make. Let’s see what he does from here. Querrey, Top 10, t’ain’t going to happen, my friends.

  • Scoop Malinowski · March 28, 2011 at 12:39 pm

    Djokovic is clearly the world’s best player right now, he is in a zone of sorts, just destroying pretty good players. Blake did look good, he had big win earlier in tournament but was simply no challenge for Djokovic. Fish is under radar but his rank is at all time high right now, the numbers don’t like, he will get his big win soon.

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