Sunday, March 23, 2008

Serbian Spring

Ana Ivanovic and Novak Djokovic
2008 Pacific Life Open champions

I can't say I've ever seen Ana play so well. I didn't recognize the deft ball striker in the reddish dress who's matured into an athlete. Svetlana Kuznetsova couldn't stand the heat.

Ana has been in the finals of the two biggest events on the calendar this year, and she won this one.

Djoke ended Mardy Fish's improbable run through three top 10 players, including Roger Federer, into the Pacific Life Open final.

After rallying to steal the second set from the world No. 3, Fish had a 40-0 lead on Djoke's serve in the first game of the third set. Three consecutive aces and two service winners later, Djoke quelled the excitement rising in the crowd.

He knocked the wind out of opponent, too. Fish dropped serve in the next game. He never recovered.

Djoke has now won the two biggest events on the calendar this year, defeating the world No. 1 in Melbourne and and No. 2 in Indian Wells.

Neither Raja or Rafa have won titles in 2008. Raja hasn't even been to a final.

A tennishead said that the claycourt season just got more interesting.

I agree.


brooklyn1006 said...

God, that's an ugly trophy.

Craig Hickman said...


Helen W said...

This is off topic, but Rafatards may enjoy this article by Peter Bodo including the commentary. In my experience it is rare to see articles and comments that celebrate his goodness.