So lets deal with the Singles first. Firstly, Nico continued to quietly move through the tournament with another straight sets victory over Bogomolov by an impressive 6-2, 6-2 scoreline. His sponsor has a strange idea though of what Spain's national colours are though. I mean ... red and pink??
No such confusion with Feli though, as he wears a fabulous mono-block concoction of red and yellow. In fact ... I covet that shirt. I want it. I want him to take it off immediately and hand it to me now! *slaps self*
Phew. Needed that ... Anyhow onto his match. His was playing Tursonov of Russia, and as I was desperate for him to still be in the competition by the time I arrive on Wednesday, I'd all but convinced myself that he'd end up doing a Feli and losing in his opening round ... again. And when he lost a tight first set on a tiebreaker, I thought uh-oh ... here we go. Not so. Amazingly (for Feli), he secured a double break and took the second set 6-2. And here's where all the drama starts. The third set went on and on, but unlike the Masters, there's no tie-break decider when the players get to 6-6. So when that happened, Feli just had to tough it out. And tough it out he did!! He secured victory by 9-7. YAHOO!! Well done, Felito!!
There was no rest for the wicked though, as FeliFerrer were still scheduled to play their doubles match today. Feli is here obviously checking with security that there will be someone courtside to keep an eye on that magnificent man bag of his. I mean ... its so stupendous that a classy, elegant man like Feds might want to waltz off with it ... *erm*.
So again dressed in that mono-block shirt that I'm going to rip off his back, he and Daveed got down to business. It was a great start by the boys as they won the first set against Melzer and Paya by a 6-3 scoreline. But then the Austrians fought back, and won the second by the same score, 6-3. So we were into a decider.
The set moved back and forth, and for the second time today, Feli found himself battling it out in the third set after it tied 6-6 until there was an ad winner. The boys had some match points, but couldn't convert. It was utter agony for me as I was following LiveScores ... which STUCK!! Thankfully, we had @loobyloo222 courtside, who kept us all updated via Twitter. Thanks Duchess Loobs! But then at 8-8, the boys broke the Austrians and won out by a 10-8 scoreline!! VAMOSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!
Its very unusual for Feli to have to work so hard in one day. *erm* And apparently he was visibly tiring by the end of it. But it seems that little Daveed played a stormer, and the scratch pairing of FeliFerrer live to fight another day.
At the end of the match, Daveed threw himself into Feli's arms (*envy*), and Feli swirled him around. Hehe ...
So not too bad so far for the Armada. Still three of them left in the singles, and one doubles pairing before tomorrow's matches. Good luck, boys for tomorrow. And VAMOS!!