Wednesday, April 30, 2008

A Nice Reminder From Early Doors

Early Doors reminded me of this hilarious incident that happened in a Real Zaragoza - Sevilla game last season, between Carlos Diogo and Luis Fabiano:



Am not sure this quite qualifies as a fight...

Enjoy :)

Cheers!

Monday, April 28, 2008

A "Full Monte" for Rafa !!

Rafa finished his final against Federer, got his shield, thanked everybody, before he quickly ran to team up with doubles partner Tommy Robredo to compete for another title on Sunday, against fourth-seeded pair, Mahesh Bhupathi & Mark Knowles.

The Spanish duo finished off their opponents 6-3, 6-3, as Rafa became only the second player in open-era history to win both singles and doubles titles in the same ATP Masters Series event. Only Jim Courier did that before at Indian Wells in 1991.

Unseeded Rafa and Robredo had a good run at Monte Carlo as they ousted third seeds, Daniel Nestor and Nenad Zimonjic, and eighth seeds Jonas Bjorkman and Kevin Ullyett on their way to the final.

The Spaniards plan on teaming up in the Olympics this summer in China to try and bring home some gold.

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Ruthless Rafa Makes History with Fourth Monte Carlo Shield


There's no way of stopping the Rafa stampede, even Roger Federer tried and failed. World number 2, Rafael Nadal, broke a new record on Sunday when he viciously defeated Federer in the Monte Carlo Masters final, to capture his fourth straight title on Monacan soil.

Nadal, a talisman on clay, has become the first player in Open-era history to win 4 back-to-back Monte Carlo titles, a feat that hasn't been achieved since Anthony Wilding of New Zealand won the title from 1911 through 1914.

Nadal, who has won 98 of his last 99 claycourt matches, put up a great fight against the world number one, as he was behind in both sets but refused to give Federer the pleasure of winning a single set.

The three-time French Open champion switched to full retaliation mode the second he conceded his opening service game, as he instantly broke back to deny Federer a 2-game lead. The same scenario was repeated when Federer broke to go up 4-3, but Rafa broke back and held serve before he eventually claimed a crucial break to bag the first set 7-5.

If the first set was a thriller, the second was far more than a mere sequel, as Federer earned himself a double-break to race to a 4-0 lead before he probably started daydreaming about his sole clay victory over Rafa in Hamburg (which he won 6-0 in the third set), thinking today was gonna be a repeat.

We all thought Rafa was actually gonna lose his first set in 10 matches in Monte Carlo, but we all thought wrong. The 21-year-old turned it all around winning 5 straight games to lead the Swiss 5-4. Again the critical break came at 6-5 as Rafa outrallied Federer on the first match point and immediately threw himself to the ground of clay, that has been so sweet to him over the past 4 years.

So Rafa finally captured a title this season and something tells me there's a lot more to come. Next stop for Rafa is Barcelona where he also has a title to defend, while Federer is free to beat himself up till Rome.

Cheers and of course, Vamos Rafa :)

Dr. Kelso Leaving Scrubs !!!!!!!!! (UPDATED)

January 2009 Update: Scrubs has moved from NBC to ABC and it's 8th season is currently running. Dr. Kelso is not back as the Chief of Medicine but he does show up during the episodes just hanging around the Hospital Coffee Shop.

I just watched last Thursday's Scrubs episode and I can't believe Dr. Kelso is leaving. He was one of my favorites, I mean the guy actually talks to his muffins, and he knows how to annoy the hell out of Dr. Cox. The episode didn't even do him justice, it wasn't one of those goodbye episodes, it felt like the creators wrote it in one hour or something. It's just really sad :(

Here are some of my favorite Dr. Kelso quotes:

Dr. Kelso: "What has two thumbs and doesn't give a crap? [gives a double thumbs-up at himself]. Bob Kelso!"

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Dr. Kelso: What has two thumbs, a funny voice, and still doesn't give a crap? Bob Kelso! I added the funny voice to keep it fresh.

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J.D.: Dr. Kelso. The doc here has been telling me that you have some great stories. I wouldn't mind hearing one sometime.
Dr. Kelso: Oh what the hell. Back in '68 I don't like you. The end.

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Dr. Kelso: I became a doctor to save lives, heal wounds, and occasionally to drop the MD bomb to pull hot tail in bars. You know what else works? Cosmonaut. Thank me later.

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Kelso : What Do You Want??!!
JD : Nothing i dont want anything from you ever
Kelso: thats what my son always says, thats until mother's day comes around and he wants to go halfies on the pasta pot for Enid, shes not my mother dammit!

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Turk: You know, I wish I could be an insensitive cynical robo-doc like you, but unfortunately I don't hate the world enough, you know what I'm saying chief?
Cox: People please stop calling me chief
Dr. Kelso: Hey numbnuts!

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[Elliot is about to kiss her boyfriend, Paul, who is a male nurse.
[Dr. Kelso walks past]
Elliot: [Nervous] Nurse i need clean sheets straight away to room..one..one thousand
[Kelso Stops]
Paul: oh she's covering because she's emberarrased that she likes a nurse and i can't figure out why.
Dr.Kelso: Well thats because your doing a woman's job son..have a good one!

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Dr. Kelso: Well, if it isn't Dr Turk, friendly face of Sacred Heart.
Turk: Yeah, Dr Kelso, umm, about these posters... They're kinda making me uncomfortable.
Dr. Kelso: Oh, I'm so sorry. I didn't realize you felt that way. Well here's what we're gonna do... I'm gonna leave them up.
Turk: I can live with that... Or I can sue you.
Dr. Kelso: Dr Turk, you are an employee here. I can use your image, your name, I can manufacture tiny Dr Turk action figures that cost $12.95 and when you pull the string it'll say "I don't like these posters of me." Isn't that right, Ted?

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Dr. Kelso: Here at Sacred Heart, I like to think that our patients choose our hospital not only because I leak vicious rumors about competing hospitals to the press, but also because when they see one of our doctors they think, Now that's a professional!
Elliot: Um, Sir I don't think I look unprofessional.
Dr. Kelso: I've let this whole new look thing slide the last few months, but now that your colleagues are beginning to complain I'm going to give you the same advice I give my son every morning. Lose the makeup! Get a haircut! And stop using my razor to shave your fun zone!

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[Turk is occupying Dr. Kelso's lunch spot]
Dr. Kelso: Interesting tidbit: Back during the gold rush, when a man staked a claim, if he came upon another man panning his spot... why, he could shoot that fella dead without even asking any questions.
Chris Turk: You don't say.
Dr. Kelso: [sighs] Simpler times.

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Dr. Kelso: [Dr. Kelso just found out Turk cut off the plug of the Pacman machine] I know it was you.
Chris Turk: [waving the plug around] You mean this right here? It's mine from home.
Dr. Kelso: Forty Million, Son. You have any idea how many patients I had to ignore to get that high-score? People died.

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Dr. Kelso: Son, do you think I got to be Chief of Medicine by being late?
Dr. Cox: Noooo, Bobbo, you got there by backstabbing and ass-kissing.
Dr. Kelso: Maybe so, but I started those things properly at eight!

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Saturday, April 26, 2008

World's Top 4 Reach Monte Carlo Semis


Eight of the best tennis players in the world gave us a Friday to remember as they took to the claycourts of Monte Carlo to battle for a spot in the semifinals.

The day started with an all-Russian showdown between world number 4, Nikolay Davydenko and Igor Andreev, who am sure will be haunted by this match for quite some time. Andreev suffered a surely disappointing defeat to the top Russian 6-3, 4-6, 7-5 as he squandered precious leads in both the first and third sets with a string of unforced errors, handing Davydenko his 27th win of the season.

Next up on Center Court was a match we were all anticipating, yet another faceoff between world number one, Roger Federer and sixth-seeded arch-rival, David Nalbandian, who had posted back-to-back ATP Masters Series wins over the Swiss in Madrid and Paris, late last season. The first set was everything it had promised to be with both players showing some real sweet tennis as Nalbandian managed to snatch a crucial break to go up 6-5 and went on to hold serve and take the first set.

Federer stepped on court in the second set with the kind of determination that helped him maintain his top spot for the past 4 years. The 12-time Grand Slam champion wasted no time as he broke Nalbandian's serve in the opening game before the Argentine immediately broke back. Unfortunately the break didn't help Nalbandian much as Federer increased the pressure to just the right amount to trigger a series of unforced errors from the Argentine, to sail to a 5-7, 6-2, 6-2 victory.

Until that point, I had no doubt that the Federer-Nalbandian first set would be the highlight of the day, but Rafael Nadal and David Ferrer proved me wrong as the all-Spanish quarterfinal was one hell of a rollercoaster ride.

Second-seeded Nadal tortured his good friend and world number 5, Ferrer, from the very start as he quickly clinched the first set 6-1. This was in fact quite a shock as we all know how good Ferrer can be on clay (he just won Valenica last week) and I was hoping to watch an intense quarterfinal, and an easy first set kind of threw me off.

A new Ferrer however showed up in the second set and he somehow found himself 2 breaks up against Nadal. Rafa was certainly in a hole but it was not one he didn't know how to climb out of. The three-time French Open champion managed to break twice to level, and pulled off a third break when Ferrer was serving to stay in the match, to finally seal a hard-fought 6-1, 7-5 victory and schedule a semifinal against Davydenko.

I didn't watch the fourth quarterfinal but as expected, world number three, Novak Djokovic, ousted the dark horse of the tournament, America's Sam Querrey 6-4, 6-0, and will next face Federer in the semis.

This means that the world's top 4 players will feature in the semifinals, a feat that only happened once before in the history of Master Series events in 1999 when Sampras, Rafter, Agassi and Kafelnikov all reached the Cincinnati semis.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

FOOTBALL: Early Doors on Liverpool-Chelsea Snoozefest


This is from the Early Doors blog on eurosport.com the morning of the Liverpool-Chelsea first leg Champions League semifinal:

"Good news for binary fans. The rivalry that deals only in zeroes and ones is back to bore the pants off us for the fourth time in as many seasons.

The results of Liverpool and Chelsea's six Champions League encounters since 2005 read thus: 0-0, 1-0, 0-0, 0-0, 1-0, 0-1. Which is fine if you are an Intel central processing unit; less so if you enjoy the odd goal."

It was just toooo funny not to post!

Even Fernando Torres second that himself saying:

"It is a very open semi-final (he means the Barca-Man U one), in which there will be a lot of goals. It's totally the opposite of ours." Hence the EuroSport headline Tuesday morning: "Champions League - Torres: Prepare to Snooze" !!!

It was not only a snoozefest, but a heart-breaking one for that matter, due to the finishing touches of John Arne Riise. Early Doors said it all in one sentence and I honestly couldn't imagine it being worded any better:

"A comedic own-goal preceded by a horribly scrappy one, too many long balls and misplaced passes, and a defender as man-of-the-match - it rather tells its own story."

I still believe Liverpool can turn this around at Stamford Bridge as I share Steven Gerrard's faith in Torres. The Liverpool skipper was quoted on EuroSport saying:

"We haven't gone there (Stamford Bridge) with Torres in our side before."

"We may not have scored or won at Chelsea in four years, but we haven't been there with Fernando in the team before... Even the two games there this season, the league draw and the Carling Cup defeat, Fernando wasn't playing."

We're Back to Clay: Behold the Rafa Storm !!

Don't you just love watching Rafa on clay ?!?! The Spaniard reminded us all on Wednesday, why he has captured the French Open title three times, as he easily dispatched former top-ten player Mario Ancic 6-0, 6-3 to cruise into the third round of the Monte Carlo Masters.

The 21-year old claycourt genius, quickly snatched the first 8 games of the match before conceding his own serve in the second set, a slipup he quickly managed to recover from as he finished off Ancic in no more than 75 minutes. Next up for Rafa, is his compatriot and former world number one, Juan Carlos Ferrero, whom Rafa leads 5-1 head-to-head.

Unlike Rafa, Roger Federer had to book his third round spot the hard way. It seems that the world number one was expecting another easy win to be handed to him, like his final against Nikolay Davydenko in Estoril last Sunday. The Swiss ace grabbed his first title of the season in Estoril, when his Russian opponent, Davydenko, was forced to retire with a leg injury. Spanish qualifier, Ruben Ramirez Hidalgo, however, didn't make it that easy for Federer in Monte Carlo on Wednesday.

Federer thought he had everything under control against the Spaniard when he clinched the first set 6-1 in about a half hour before a new Hidalgo showed up on court for the second set and broke the Swiss early on, and almost broke him again, to level the match at one set apiece.

Federer went on an unforced error spree in the decisive set, as he suddenly found himself 5-1 down, facing yet another humiliation this season. The top-seed however raced to win the next 5 games to force a tiebreak which he easily claimed 7-1, to avoid a second round exit from Monte Carlo, where he has lost in the final to Nadal the past 2 years.

Federer's third round opponent is Frenchman Gael Monfils. If you're wondering if he's the annoying Frenchie with the small afro and sleeveless t-shirt who keeps cheering on himself every single point... yep unfortunately that's him!! We haven't been seeing much of him recently because he's had a dismal season so far, winning only two matches prior to this week's tournament. Monfils however managed to notch two wins in Monte Carlo so far, as he ousted Fernando Verdasco and Croatian giant, Ivo Karlovic.

Make sure to catch the much anticipated third round clash between Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray on Thursday (fourth match from 10:00 a.m. MC time).


Cheers :)

Monday, April 21, 2008

Flavor of the Week - April 21st

Music

Royksopp - Remind Me (Geico Version)
Courtesy of Dr. Bort

A friend of mine just told me to listen to this song and it's really cool. This isn't the original version though, this version is from a Geico ad, but I actually prefer it to the original one. So thank you Dr. Bort for giving me a "Flavor of the Week" :)

Gnarls Barkley - Charity Case

From Gnarls Barkley's new album, The Odd Couple.

Lupe Fiasco - Superstar

TV

The long-awaited for One Tree Hill episode was a bit of a disappointment but Mark Schwann still has time this season to redeem himself, especially that there's plenty of room in his plot to come up with good stuff.

Gossip Girl is back tonight and Ugly Betty, Grey's Anatomy and Lost all return on Thursday. Lost season 4 has been outrageously insane so far, so lets hope J.J lays off whatever stuff he gets high on so he can start giving us some answers before the season ends.

Movies

I watched Syriana today but I certainly need to watch it again cuz am not ashamed to say that I didn't really get it. It is a pretty complicated movie, so am gonna give it another shot before I go ahead and blindly give it a two thumbs up. It is an interesting movie though.

That's about it for this week.

Cheers :)

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Safin Still Stuck With One-Win Streak

Former world number one, Marat Safin, caused yet another disappointment for his fans when he lost his second round match to Holland's Robin Haase in Valencia on Thursday.

The two-time Grand Slam champion continued his dismal performance this season as he failed to capitalize on his efforts that saw him oust Juan Carlos Ferrero in the first round.

Safin, who has slipped to number 86 in the world rankings, has not been able to win 2 consecutive matches this season as he had only captured 2 victories (Australian Open first round, Davis Cup 1st rubber) prior to his win over Ferrero in Valencia.

The temperamental Russian has not won a title since he was crowned at the Australian Open in 2005, when he stunned the world with his incredible performance that saw him eliminate Roger Federer in the semis en route to his triumph over home favorite Lleyton Hewitt in the final.

Unfortunately that sort of form we all know the Russian is capable of displaying has not made an appearance in quite a while with the exception of some random moments like his Davis Cup victory over world number 9, Tomas Berdych, in the quarters last week, where Safin pulled off an unbelievable comeback after trailing 2 sets to love; a win that greatly contributed to Russia's progress to the Davis Cup semis.

Despite losing the dead rubber to Czech Republic's Lukas Dlouhy, we all hoped Safin could reclaim his form and bring the confidence boost he got from his team's Davis Cup success into the claycourt season. It also seemed that Valencia - a city Safin calls "home" - would be the perfect place to start, and his win over Ferrero was a brief breather, before he went on and lost to Haase.

Safin however seems determined to continue competing regardless of his record this season, and prefers to focus on enjoying himself on court, rather than fight his way up the rankings.

"I have decided to really take all the pressure from me, to keep on playing for as long as I am still enjoying it and not to look at the rankings or set myself too high a goal," he was quoted on his official website. "I really want to keep on playing and give myself the chance to be competitive at a high level."

The 28 year old, who is now 3-7 (win-loss) this season, has received a wildcard in Monte Carlo, where the first claycourt Master Series event takes place. He will be accompanied by stand-in coach, Marc Rosset, since Hernan Gumy (Marat's coach), needs to be with his pregnant wife.

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Flavor of the Week - April 13th

TV

Okay the highlight of last week tv-wise, was the return of Scrubs :) Most tv shows will be making their post-strike returns this month and Scrubs made a comeback with its 7th episode of Season 7 last Thursday. So if you're a Scrubs fan, make sure to get a hold of their new episode. Desperate Housewives makes a return tonight and One Tree Hill's one month break ends tomorrow.

Movies

Still nothing juicy enough to recommend. I watched Ocean's 13 and Two For the Money and neither one was remotely satisfying. So many things were wrong with those two movies, I really don't know where to start. So I thought I'd just advise people to avoid watching them.

Music

For those of you who haven't listened to The Killers latest album, Sawdust, it's hightime you went ahead and did. It has a cover of Dire Straits' Rome and Juliet, which was one of my favorite songs growing up.

Recommendations

The Killers - Shadowplay
The Honorary Title - Far More

I also decided to name the Most Hideous Song of the Week, which is basically a song that I stumbled upon that seriously offended my eardrums. And this week is will definitely be:

Soulja Boy - Crank Dat

That's it for this week.

Cheers!

Monday, April 7, 2008

Flavor of the Week - April 7th

I didn't quite watch anything interesting this past week, since I was mainly hooked on the Miami Masters. I've been watching a bit of Ally McBeal just to waste some time and there was this episode that talked about this guy who hated short people and how the politically correct term to describe short people would be "vertically challenged" which I thought was just HILARIOUS! Who the hell came up with that term?! I am super short, and I think the term vertically challenged sounds quite offensive... what's wrong with the word short?

Anyways, I've been listening to a lot of Al Green and Aretha Franklin this past week.

My song picks for the week would be:

Rihanna - Unfaithful
Al Green - How Can You Mend A Broken Heart
Aretha Franklin - Until You Come Back To Me
Vonda Shepard - You Belong To Me (a lot of people covered this song including Lifehouse's Jason Wade)

and finally, Lifehouse's cover of Keane's "Somewhere Only We Know" (see link below)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ia26w-uWm_g

Enjoy, and have a good week.

Cheers, from the "vertically challenged" Reem :)

Sunday, April 6, 2008

Davydenko Stuns Nadal to Grab Miami Shield

To seal the series of surprises that we have witnessed in Miami these couple of weeks, world number four, Nikolay Davydenko stepped up a gear on Sunday, as he went cruise control all over Rafael Nadal, to become the first Russian to ever claim the Miami Masters title.

Davydenko, who posted a comfortable 6-4, 6-2 win to capture his second Masters Series shield, outplayed the Spaniard from the baseline, as he seemed to better cope with the breezy conditions than Nadal, who struggled to find his game as he conceded break after break to trash his hopes of winning his first title of the season.

It was definitely a fortnight of firsts not just for the tennis world but also for the Russian, who had to save a match point against Latvian, Ernests Gulbis in the first round, before he went on to notch his first victory in 6 matches over Andy Roddick in the semis, and later offed Nadal for the first time as well in 3 encounters.

The claycourt season will not kick off just yet, for the players next head to play the Davis Cup quarterfinals where Russia face the Czech Repulic in Moscow while Nadal's clan meet the Germans in Bremen.

Davis Cup quarterfinal ties:

Russia - Czech Republic (Indoor clay, Moscow)

Germany - Spain (Indoor hard ,Bremen)

USA - France (Indoor hard, Winston-Salem)

Argentina - Sweden (Outdoor clay, Buenos Aires)
*Picture from eurosport

Friday, April 4, 2008

Nadal Breezes Past Berdych into Miami Finals


World number two, Rafael Nadal, posted a comfortable 7-6 (6), 6-2 victory over tenth-seeded Czech, Tomas Berdych, to reach the Miami finals for the second time in his career.

The 21-year old Spaniard seems to be on a revenge spree as he ousted James Blake earlier in the quarters to improve his record against the American to 2-3 as well as he avenged his three hard-court losses to Berdych with his win on Friday.

Sixth-seeded Andy Roddick could be a possible opponent for Nadal in the finals, and the Spaniard will definitely be looking to settle the score with Roddick, who was responsible for his painful exit from the Dubai quarterfinals last month.

The three-time French Open champion looked like he is in great form mentally and physically as he gave a solid performance against Berdych in less than ideal conditions on Centre Court in Miami. Both players struggled with the wind in the first set as neither could quite dominate on serve before Nadal sealed the first set tiebreak and cruised on to clinch the second set.

Nadal showed us what his forehand down the line shot can do on a couple of occasions on Friday, as well as making some confident approaches to the net that saw him play a couple of sublime short volleys, one of which handed him his first match point.

The Spaniard however didn’t do all the work himself as he was strongly aided with Berdych’s binge of unforced errors.

Nevertheless, Nadal’s win over the Czech will definitely give him a confidence boost ahead of the finals, where he has the chance of capturing some valuable points to inch closer and closer to Roger Federer in the rankings. The Spanish ace however, seems unfazed by that possibility.

“For me it's not obsession to be No. 1, no? Just I always try my best. I am not finding the No. 1. You are No. 1 or you are not No. 1. That's my feelings,” he was quoted on the Miami Masters official website.

Head-to-Head figures
Nadal vs. Roddick 2-2 (Last win: Roddick, Dubai quarterfinals, Hard-court)
Nadal vs. Davydenko 2-0 (Last win: Nadal, Rome semifinals, Clay)

Roddick Snatches Long-Sought Victory Over Federer In Miami

The past 10 days in Miami have stunned the tennis world with a range of events whether it being Novak Djokovic's early bow out to South African qualifier Kevin Anderson or Mikhail Youzhny's head-to-racquet smashing fit against Nicolas Almagro, but nothing is as huge as Andy Roddick ousting Roger Federer from the Miami quarterfinals on Thursday.

Roddick finally snapped his 11-match losing streak to the world number one as he edged past the Swiss ace 7-6, 4-6, 6-3.

The sixth-seeded American had shown incredible tennis earlier this season as he captured the Dubai title without dropping a single service game, however doubts were cast over Roddick's performance following his second round exit from the Indian Wells Masters last week.

The former world number one however seemed undetered with his early exit as he fired 18 aces on Thursday, to deny Roger Federer yet another title this season.

Federer has shockingly NOT reached a single final this season as he suffered a straight sets semifinal loss to American Mardy Fish last week on the Pacific Coast, and bowed out of the Dubai Open first round to Britain's Andy Murray.

Roddick however didn't seem to be counting on Federer's recent form to win him any free points Thursday night as he was well aware of his dismal record against the Swissman. "Our history goes a lot further back than three tournaments he's played this year. I didn't really think about it at all," said Roddick after the match.

The 25-year-old American clearly stated his hopes of adding a second Grand Slam title to his sole 2003 US Open title, especially after he cracked the mystery of Federer. "I don't think I ever gave up on having a chance to win a Slam. That's why I came to work even in the rough moments of the, you know, the days after Roger had beaten me. I told you guys I'd get up and keep going, and that's so you give yourself an opportunity to, you know, for feelings like tonight after you win. That's, you know, definitely not going to hurt my chances."

Roddick next faces fourth-seeded Nikolay Davydenko in the semis whom he comfortably leads 5-0 head-to-head.

As for Federer, I seriously think he should come up with a better excuse than "the lights" on the court and how low they are. Take it like a man for crying out loud, cuz correct me if I'm wrong, hasn't Federer won 2 titles under those same "lights" in 2004 and 2005??!?!?!

To end this on a high note, best of luck to Rafa in his semi against Tomas Berdych.

Cheers :)

Thursday, April 3, 2008

Youzhny Goes Berserk in Miami !!!






Master Series Miami, Third Round

Mikhail Youzhny vs. Nicolas Almagro

Youzhny somehow ended up winning the match 7-6 (4), 3-6, 7-6 (6).