Argh, Feliciano Lopez, why did you do this to me? Why did you do it to the world? Don't you know how desperately we want to see a Rafa/Yoker grudge match! It's not faaaaaaaaaaair! You're so selfish, Feli!
Okay, maybe some of this was Robin's fault as well, for, you know, losing. But really - and I mean no disrespect to Lopez here - but who is going to want to see him play Rafa when we could see a match between sworn enemies? Correct me if I'm wrong, but these two haven't played since that fateful day at Roland Garros. Who wouldn't want to see the rematch - the resurgent Robin, Nadal determined to wreak bloody vengeance.
It would have been so awesome. But oh no, Feliciano Lopez had to be all selfish and go and win. Sigh.
Kudos to Feli, of course, for winning a match against a tough opponent ranked so far above him. But Yoker, whyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy?! Why must you torment us so?
I suppose once these two actually play, the tension (in the fan community, anyway) will be at such a peak that the match will explode in a festival of awesomeness... or, on second thoughts, fizzle out and be a total disappointment. But we can't know till they play, and they're avoiding each other MOST ANNOYINGLY!
Shanghai ATP Masters 1000 (Shanghai)
Rafael Nadal def. Ivan Ljubicic, 3-6 6-3 retired
Novak Djokovic def. Gilles Simon, 6-3 2-6 6-2
Nikolay Davydenko def. Radek Stepanek, 6-1 4-6 6-1
Feliciano Lopez def. Robin Soderling, 7-6 (7-4) 6-3
Generali Ladies Linz (Linz)
Flavia Pennetta def. Ioana Raluca Olaru, 7-5 6-2
Agnieszka Radwanska def. Lucie Safarova, 6-3 7-6 (11-9)
Yanina Wickmayer def. Sara Errani, 7-5 6-3
Petra Kvitova def. Carla Suarez Navarro, 7-5 6-4
HP Open (Osaka)
Caroline Wozniacki def. Aleksandra Wozniak, 6-2 6-7 (1-7) 6-2
Sania Mirza def. Marion Bartoli, 6-4 2-0 retired
Samantha Stosur def. Jill Craybas, 6-1 6-3
Francesca Schiavone def. Melinda Czink, walkover
Roger: older and not quite out
6 months ago