Monday, March 30, 2009

Standing Room Only


Getty

There's a thin line between genius and insanity. The standing-room-only crowd that lifted Gael Monfils from 2-5 and two breaks down in the final set over Marat Safin with chants of "Monfils!" (clap clap) "Monfils!" (clap clap) saw the mercurial Russian display both in a match he had no business losing. Especially since it felt like a Davis Cup tie and we know how Marat enjoys the electric atmosphere of that.

But it wasn't meant to be. Insanity trumped genius as Marat gave up the ghost in Key Biscayne in his last professional outing there.

5 comments:

Pamela said...

Ugh! You had to remind me of this? He served for the match twice!!! 5-2 and at 5-4! He really had no business losing that match and I'm still irked about it, but I guess I should have come to expect it from him at this point. He was searching for a first serve like it was the holy grail, to no avail. Just ugh!

Marat why?? Ok, I'm over it.

Craig Hickman said...

Sorry, pamela. I wanted him to win as well. I was looking forward to his match with AndyR. I love their matches. It's my favorite rivalry in men's tennis. I hope they get to play once more before Safin retires at the end of the year.

Graf_sampras said...

Here's hoping that before Marat retires -- he will have a great two weeks and win another major by bringing back the GENIUS in its full glory!!

Graf_sampras said...

the thing i love about Craighickman's tennis is he admires tennis , above all, for TENNIS. : that it should be high quality from quality players and the win is earned in fullthrottle high-octane quality playing.

like the one Andy Roddick won in AO 2003 quarters over the amazing Younes el Aynaoui...STILL one of the most sizzlingly high quality performances by ANY TWO players combined on the same court i can remember.

this goes for the safin/roddick matches.

Graf_sampras said...

sorry for remindng of that "past roddick" ...i am still smarting from not seeing that kind of TERROR that andy brought to the courts those 2 or 3 rounds he played in AO 2003 before the semis...because THAT match with younes should have been the FINALS.